EU reports good progress on refugee programs in Turkey

BRUSSELS, The European Commission reported “good progress” Friday in the implementation and programming of 6 billion euro (USD 6.6 billion) of the EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey.

More than 80 projects are currently up and running delivering tangible results to refugees and host communities in particular on education and health, the commission said in a press release.

Johannes Hahn, EU Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations commented that “we remain committed to continue our support to refugees and host communities in Turkey, addressing current needs and increasing resilience and self-reliance for the longer term.” On his part, Christos Stylianides, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, added “the European Union is continuing to support refugees in Turkey, in line with its commitment.

Around 1.6 million refugees are receiving humanitarian assistance to meet their basic needs.

Looking ahead to the future, we are working to make our support more sustainable. We remain committed to continue working closely with Turkey to make this possible.” The twelfth Steering Committee meeting of the EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey took place in Brussels today.

The meeting was chaired by the European Commission and brought together representatives of EU Member States and Turkey.

Source: Kuwait News Agency