Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides visited Ankara
Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides visited Ankara. Mr. Stylianides met Vice President Mr. Fuat Oktay, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu as well as Ms. Zehra Zümrüt Selçuk, Minister of Family, Labour and Social Services and Ambassador Faruk Kaymakçı, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs & Director of EU Affairs.
The Commissioner discussed the implementation of the humanitarian part of the second tranche of the Facility for Refugees in Turkey covering 2018-2019 and exchange views on the opportunities for further cooperation with representatives from the Turkish government. He also visited an EU-funded “Education in Emergencies“ project implemented by UNICEF which has already supported more 32,000 children through the non-formal education programmes. “Education in emergencies” is top priority for Commissioner Stylianides.
The Commission fully contracted the first EUR 3 billion tranche of the Facility, by the deadline end of 2017. This included the EU's biggest ever humanitarian programme, the Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) which has reached more than 1.5 million of the most vulnerable refugees in Turkey. Building on the ESSN, the EU funds the Conditional Cash Transfer for Education (CCTE) project which has in total supported over 410.000 refugee children who attended school regularly through bi-monthly cash transfers. The second tranche will be another 3 billion EUR, and the majority of the contracts will be agreed this year including new arrangements for the ESSN, and the CCTE, other Education in Emergencies projects and also in the area of protection and health.