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EU finalises €6 billion deal to support refugees in Turkey

BRUSSELS, Belgium: Under the operational €6 billion budget of the Facility for Refugees in Turkey, the European Commission has announced that it has completed the final contracts.

The final eight contracts that have been signed, worth €780 million, will help refugees to cover their basic needs like health care, protection, training, municipal infrastructure, employment and business development.

In this regard, Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, Olivér Várhelyi, said that the signature of the last eight contracts confirms the EU’s deliveries on its pledges.

“This is an extraordinary achievement. I want to commend the Turkish authorities for their cooperation in this joint effort, especially in the areas of health and education. The European Union will continue to stand by refugees and host communities in Turkey,” the statement read.

The Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN), which is known as the most effective humanitarian programme, supports over 1.7 million refugees who live in Turkey.

The programme gives financial assistance to the most vulnerable Syrian refugees living in Turkey so that they can meet their essential needs.

“The Conditional Cash Transfers for Education programme (CCTE), the largest EU-funded humanitarian education programme, provides support to families whose children attend school regularly. Over 620,000 refugee children go to school and will support 700,000 in 2021 thanks to this programme,” the statement reads.

More than 750,000 refugee children will be able to have access to school, as more than 365 schools are planned to be built through the EU support.

Up to 3,400, healthcare service staff are employed in a total of 177 migrant health centres.

A total of €98 million of support will be allocated to the most vulnerable refugees, as a response to the Coronavirus crisis in Turkey.

The facility for refugees combines €3 billion of European Union budget as well as €3 billion of EU Member States contributions.

During 2016-2017 the first tranche of €3 billion was mobilized while during 2018-2019 the second one.

In July, €485 million were allocated for refugees in Turkey, after the European Parliament approved the European Commission’s proposal which was presented on June 3.