EU allocates €348mln to aid refugees in Turkey

EU allocates €348mln to aid refugees in TurkeyThe European Union announced the largest humanitarian aid programme to help refugees in Turkey ammounted to €348mln.

This is the the largest project the EU has ever participated, according to the Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides.

He said: "In line with the EU and its Members States' strong commitment to support vulnerable refugees in Turkey, the unprecedented scale of the ESSN will make a significant difference in the lives of men, women and children who have had to flee conflict and violence.

"Together with the World Food Programme and our Turkish partners we have developed an innovative system that can deliver what people need, where it is needed most, and in the most effective way possible," he added.

One million refugees countrywide will be provided with aid so they will be secured with a decent life conditions by the first quarter of 2017, according to the European Commission press office.

The programme is elaborated in conjunction with the Turkish Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Authority, the Turkish Red Crescent and the Turkish Ministry of Family and Social Policy.

Turkey currently accommodates over 3 million refugees.

Earlier EU promised to provide €3bln in 2016-2017 to assist refugees and host communities in Turkey.
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