24 March 2020 – BGN 40.4 millions diverted to provide medical supplies including respirators and PPE

Type of Intervention: Financial and Economic
Sectors Involved: Finance/Economy, Health, Supply Chains
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works (decision-maker); Ministry of Health (implementor)

Overview: The Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works will divert BGN 40.4 million (EUR 20 million) through Operational Program “Regions for Growth” 2014-2020 to the Ministry of Health to provide the most necessary medical equipment and supplies for combating coronavirus (COVID-19 ) in the country and for responding to crises in the healthcare system. Respirators for the needs of hospitals that accept patients with COVID-19, protective equipment (masks, scrubs, goggles, gloves, helmets and disinfectants) and tests for coronavirus testing will be bought.
Full details here: https://www.mrrb.bg/bg/mrrb-prenasochva-nad-40-mln-leva-ot-oprr-za-respiratori-predpazni-sredstva-i-testove-za-covid-19/?fbclid=IwAR3MyZ_YabE9unRvFfUPNt-1MDp1J1XgcnmS6egfojZI-ABDtlnP3p_9JLo

Type of Justification: Perception of an increased threat