British Taxpayers have been paying hundreds of millions into the EU war chest to help fork out assistance to countries in the bloc who are hit with coronavirus.
The funds will help the bloc to buy medical supplies and create vaccine, according to the Express the British government will stay contribute to the EU solidarity fund despite leaving the bloc.
An EU source said, “This also means that they have to contribute their share to any EU Solidarity Fund mobilisation during that period as the EU Solidarity Fund comes over and above the normal budget.”
It is expected that the UK are to pay around £87m to the EUs solidarity fund, and Britain’s taxpayers are to send around £10bn before the end of 2020 as the UK still remains in the EUs single market.
Italy’s Prime Minister who’s country is the worst hit in the EU were the first to apply to the fund, and Rome has not yet provided the details of the financial support they need.
EU cohesion chief Elisa Ferreira said, “Italy is currently the Member State that is hardest-hit by the coronavirus crisis, and is the first country to apply for help from the EU Solidarity Fund in this context.
“Thanks to its extended scope, now also including public health emergencies, the Fund is part of the tools the Commission has rapidly put in place to alleviate the burden on member states’ budgets, as a concrete demonstration of European solidarity in these difficult times.”