The European Union has fully mobilized the €6 billion operational budget of the Facility for Refugees in Turkey, in line with its commitment to the implementation of the EU-Turkey Statement. Out of the total Facility budget of €6 billion, €4.3bn has now been contracted and €2.7bn disbursed.
Neighbourhood and Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Várhelyi (pictured) said: “The full mobilization of the €6 billion of the Facility for Refugees in Turkey confirms the European Union’s commitment to deliver on its promises. We will continue our support to refugees and host communities in Turkey in various areas that are of key importance to their quality of life, the future of their children and their integration at large.”
Crisis Management Commissioner Janez Lenarčič added: “Supporting refugees in Turkey is a priority for the EU. Thanks to EU’s support, more than 1.7 million vulnerable refugees cover their basic needs, such as rent and medicine, and more than half a million refugee children go to school. EU continues to deliver on its promise to refugees and Turkey.”
The announcement comes following the thirteen Steering Committee meeting of the EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey, which took place in Brussels on 9 December. Chaired by the Commission, the Committee brought together representatives of EU Member States, European Parliament and Turkey.
The Committee confirmed the full mobilization of the €6bn operational budget and gave a state of play of current implementation. The full press release is available online. A dedicated factsheet and an interactive map with the Facility projects is also available.