European Union Launches Euro 393 Million Worth of Projects under the Facility for Refugees in Turkey
The launching event will take place "today" in the presence of the Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey, Ambassador Nikolaus Meyer-Landrut, the Advisor to Vice-President Halil Afşarata and the World Bank Country Director Auguste Tano Kouame at the premises of the EU Delegation to Turkey.
On the occasion of the signature of 5 contracts between the European Union and the World Bank under the Facility for Refugees in Turkey (FRIT), the EU Delegation will present copies of the contracts to the Vice-Presidency Office of the Republic of Turkey and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The contracts are worth a total of almost Euro 400 million and will support the economic and social cohesion of refugees and host communities alike. The contracts will cover the areas of employment and municipal infrastructure facilities.
Date: 29 September 2020
Place: The Delegation of the European Union to Turkey
What are the contracts about?
- As regards socio-economic support, the interventions worth almost Euro 253 million aim to support the refugees with special emphasis on the beneficiaries of the so-called "Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) programme". The ESSN is funded under the humanitarian assistance of the Facility to offer resilience and self-reliance opportunities. The projects shall include a number of activities that aim to increase the skills and capacities of the refugee population and Turkish citizens, increase their access to the labour market, improve employment opportunities, including enhanced knowledge of the Turkish language for the refugees. It will also assist refugees and persons eligible for subsidiary protection, as well as Turkish citizens in the host communities, to set up businesses. In addition and in parallel, efforts are made to ensure the continuation and sustainability of social-assistance support to the most vulnerable refugees in Turkey.
- In the area of municipal infrastructure, the World Bank will implement EU funding worth over Euro 140 million. The projects will target mainly municipalities in the Southeast of Turkey. The planned interventions involve water supply, wastewater treatment and solid waste facilities, including sports and recreational facilities.
The environmental and social impacts are largely considered while green infrastructure may be privileged in parallel with Climate Change actions.
The European Union has been supporting Turkey in response to the refugee crisis since 2011. Initial support was provided already in the early stages in the form of Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid (ECHO). Other EU financial instruments for medium and long-term support were gradually added in response to the protracted nature of the crisis.
In January 2016, this support was substantially scaled up with the entry into force of the EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey, mobilising a Euro 6 billion package of support to be delivered in two tranches of Euro 3 billion each.
The first tranche of 3 billion euro under the Facility has now been contracted to assist both refugees and host communities in Turkey, by providing assistance in key areas such as education, health, infrastructure, socio-economic development, and protection and migration management. Under this tranche, 72 projects are currently on-going, while the second tranche of another Euro 3 billion is already being mobilised since 2018. The full operational envelope of Euro 6 billion has been committed. As of end July 2020, the Commission had contracted Euro 4.7 billion, out of which Euro 3.2 billion has been disbursed to implementing partners.
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