Commission: over 1 billion of EU-Turkey deal money contracted for 34 projects
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In an answer to a parliamentary question the European Commission has said that 1.252 billion of the 3 billion promised under the EU-Turkey deal has so far been contracted for 34 different projects on humanitarian aid, education and healthcare for refugees.
A further 60 million has been provided for "food, healthcare and accommodation for migrants returning from Greece to Turkey," and 20 million has gone towards a "contract to strengthen the capacity of the Turkish Coast Guard."
Question for written answer to the Commission by Maite Pagazaurtundúa Ruiz (ALDE) (2 September 2016)
"In response to my Written Question P-002079/2016, the Commission said that the EUR 3 billion allocated to Turkey for the purposes of providing aid to refugees is being managed via the mechanism Facility for Refugees in Turkey. It also said that the Facilitys Steering Committee is made up of representatives from the Commission and the Member States and that measures are focused on six priority areas and introduced under the responsibility of the Commission.
Can the Commission clarify what and how much specific funding has been put to use?
Can it list the specific measures from among the six priority areas to have received some of the EUR 3 billion in EU funding?
Will a Facility representative appear before Parliament to shed light on how that mechanism is managed?"
Answer given by Mr Hahn on behalf of the Commission (5 December 2016)
"The Facility for Refugees in Turkey (1) is fully operational. Of the EUR 3 billion which are coordinated through the Facility, EUR 2.239 billion has been committed to date. 34 projects have been contracted for a total of EUR 1252 million, of which EUR 677 million has been disbursed as of October 2016 (2).
Under the humanitarian assistance strand, the Commission published a Humanitarian Implementation Plan (HIP) (3) worth over EUR 500 million in June. Under this Plan, the Commission signed a contract with the World Food Programme in September to implement the Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) (4), to help one million refugees meet their everyday needs. This comes on top of some EUR 164 million to provide protection, food and healthcare for refugees in Turkey.
Under non-humanitarian assistance, the Commission adopted a Special Measure on education, health, municipal infrastructure and socioeconomic support for an amount of EUR 1.415 billion in July (5). Two major contracts have been signed with the Turkish Ministry for Health and Education for a total of EUR 600 million. These will provide sustainable access to education and health for refugees (6). They come on top of two contracts signed in August; a direct agreement for EUR 60 million to provide food, healthcare and accommodation for migrants returning from Greece to Turkey (7); and a EUR 20 million contract to strengthen the capacity of the Turkish Coast Guard (8).
In addition, bottom-up projects have been coordinated through the Facility by the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis (9).
The Commission keeps Parliament informed on the Facility on a regular basis and has participated in Committee meetings to debrief on progress in programming and implementation."
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