#EUTurkey: Commission delivers an additional €110 million under the implementation of EU-Turkey agreement

christos_stylianides-1900x700_cThe European Commission announced a new set of projects under the Facility for Refugees in Turkey, bringing the Commission’s total support so far through the Facility to €187 million.

Today the European Commission is delivering on its commitment to accelerate the implementation of the Facility for Refugees in Turkey by announcing a new set of projects under the Facility. A further €60 million in a special measure will cover expenses for food, health care and accommodation of migrants who have been returned from Greece to Turkey. A further €50 million in humanitarian aid will address the immediate needs of Syrian refugees in Turkey. This brings the Commission’s total support so far through the Facility to €187 million.

Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, said: “With the special measure adopted today, the Facility for Refugees in Turkey is quickly delivering additional means to ensure that migrants who are returned from Greece to Turkey receive all necessary support. This support will go hand in hand with the Commission’s efforts to monitor the legal safeguards that Turkey needs to apply to all returned migrants”.

Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, said: “Make no mistake, the EU is already delivering aid to refugees on the ground in Turkey and has been doing so since the beginning of the crisis. The new Facility for Refugees in Turkey allows us to significantly increase our support to help people live in dignity. Today’s additional €50 million in humanitarian aid demonstrates the EU’s commitment to quickly mobilize humanitarian partners and help the people who need our assistance most.”

Funding under the Facility for Refugees in Turkey supports refugees in the country – it is funding for refugees and not funding for Turkey. The support seeks to improve conditions for refugees in Turkey as part of the EU’s comprehensive approach to addressing the refugee crisis inside and outside the EU.

The €50 million in humanitarian aid funding will support 15 different projects to help people in need across Turkey, and go to partners including the Danish Refugee Council, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), International Medical Corps UK and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFCR), who are working in close cooperation with Turkish partner organizations. Activities will cover lifesaving humanitarian aid sectors, including food assistance and essential supplies through the use of voucher schemes, access to health services, education in emergencies, protection, information management, essential items for winter, specialized help for persons with disabilities, mental health and psychosocial support.

The €60 million to finance returnees from Greece to Turkey will allow for the implementation of the EU-Turkey statement of 18 March, when EU Heads of State or Government and Turkey agreed to replace dangerous, irregular crossings over the Aegean with safe and legal channels of resettlement from Turkey. The funds will be used to cover the costs of food, shelter and health care for returnees from Turkey and will cover a six month period. The special measure, coordinated through the Facility for Refugees in Turkey, will be financed under the Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPAII) and implemented by means of a direct agreement with the Turkish Ministry of the Interior. It will cover costs incurred as of 4 April, when first returns took place. The special measure will not cover the cost of returns from Turkey to countries of origin.

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