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Romania to host EU stockpile of medical equipment, will extended emergency

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | April 7, 2020
Romania is the first EU country that volunteered to purchase and host, on behalf of the European Union, a stockpile of ventilators, Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, told the public television TVR.
Klaus Iohannis
President   Klaus Iohannis
A total of 150 ventilators have already been ordered and will reach Romania before being sent to countries that need them, including Spain and in Italy.

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The stockpile would be hosted by one or several member states, the Commission said at the time. The hosting state is responsible for procuring the equipment.

The Commission finances 90% of the stockpile. The Emergency Response Coordination Center manages the distribution of the equipment to ensure it goes where it is needed most.

Romania’s president Klaus Iohannis announced on Monday, that he will issue another decree next week to extend the state of emergency in the country by another month. The president decreed the state of emergency on March 16 to allow the authorities to enforce stricter measures against the new coronavirus pandemic.

Iohannis also said that the measures implemented by the Government through military ordinances, since he decreed the state of emergency, have had positive effects. The authorities have limited people’s movement asking the population to stay at home with only a few exceptions, such as going to work and shopping. Schools have been closed and all public events banned.