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EU-Turkey Cooperation: A €3 billion Refugee Facility for Turkey

EU News 348/2015

Brussels, 24 November 2015

The European Council on 15 October welcomed the Joint Action Plan with Turkey as part of a comprehensive cooperation agenda based on shared responsibility, mutual commitments and delivery. The European Council also agreed to step up political and financial engagement with Turkey in a number of areas. As foreseen in the EU-Turkey Joint Action Plan, the EU has committed to provide immediate and continuous humanitarian assistance in Turkey. The EU will provide substantial new financial resources to support Turkey in coping with the challenge represented by the presence in Turkey of Syrians under temporary protection. To this end, the European Commission is setting up a legal framework – a Refugee Facility for Turkey – to coordinate and streamline actions financed in order to deliver efficient and complementary support to Syrians under temporary protection and host communities in Turkey. The funds will be provided in the most flexible and rapid way possible, and will help national and local authorities in line with burden-sharing within the framework of Turkey-EU cooperation.

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File image: G20 Summit in Turkey. Handshake between Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of Turkey, on the left, and Jean-Claude Juncker. Date: 14/11/2015 Reference: P-029271/00-16 Location: Antalya (C) EU, 2015 URL