March 15, 2018

EU allocated additional €3 billion to Turkey to support refugees

The EU allocates additional €3 billion for refugees in Turkey within the 2016 deal aimed at reducing migratory pressure on Europe, the European Commission website reports. 

“Following through on its commitment to support Syrian refugees in Turkey, the European Commission is today mobilising additional funding for the Facility for Refugees which has so far given 500.000 children access to education and is supporting 1.2 million refugees with monthly cash transfers,” the press release states.

 The European Commission noted that the matter is in the second tranche of €3 billion, as foreseen in the EU-Turkey deal. 

It is informed that in 2016, the first tranche consisted of €1 billion from the EU budget and €2 billion from member states donations. 

The European Commission proposes to extend this deal “so that the successful and effective work of the Facility for projects benefiting refugees in Turkey can continue.”