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Signature of Three Contracts under the Facility for Refugees in Turkey: European Union Launches €210 Million Worth Projects

Thu, 12/19/2019 - 19:47

Signature of Three Contracts under the Facility for Refugees in Turkey:

European Union Launches €210 Million Worth Projects


The European Union is going to sign three contracts worth a total of €210 million to support water supply and waste water systems in cities of South Eastern Turkey and to improve livelihoods and employment prospects for refugees and host communities. The EU will sign the contracts with Agence Française de Dévelopement (AFD), Expertise France and the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) in coordination with the Vice-Presidency Office and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  

The signature ceremony of the contracts will be held in the presence of the Head of the Delegation of the European Union in Turkey, Ambassador Christian Berger, Advisor to Vice-President Halil Afşarata, Director General for EU Relations Başak Türkoğlu from MFA, Country Director Serge Snrech from AFD and Program Manager Western Balkan and Turkey Pınar Yapanoğlu from ICMPD.


What are the contracts about?

 - The first contract, to be implemented by AFD, marks the continuation of EU support to municipal infrastructure in provinces hosting Syrian refugees. Worth €156 million, the project will support the construction and the rehabilitation of existing water supply networks and wastewater purification facilities. The cities of Mersin, Kilis, Gaziantep, Sanliurfa, Adiyaman and Mardin will be the beneficiaries of the supplementary grant in the area of municipal infrastructure being provided by the EU.  

- The other two contracts, to be implemented by Expertise France and ICMPD respectively, are worth a total of around €54 million. They focus on improving employment and livelihood opportunities of Syrian refugees who are under temporary protection in Turkey (SuTPs) and Turkish citizens. Both these projects will contribute to job-creation and the boosting of Turkish economy through supporting access to apprenticeship and non-formal training, provision of grants for start-up entrepreneurs (including trainings for potential and existing entrepreneurs). In addition, these projects will provide technical assistance to national institutions such as the Ministry of National Education, Ministry of Industry and Technology and various Development Agencies.



The European Union has been supporting Turkey in response to the refugee crisis since 2011. Initially, 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 € 6 billion package of support to be delivered in two tranches of € 3 billion each.

The first tranche of €3 billion 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 the first tranche of €3 billion support, 72 projects are currently on-going, while the second tranche of €3 billion is already being mobilised since 2018.



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