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Refugee children in Turkey to learn in €200 million schools

The European Commission announced on Thursday the signature of contracts worth over €200 million for the construction and equipping of school buildings for refugee children and their host communities in Turkey.

The initiative is part of the Facility for Refugees in Turkey, set up in response to the European Council’s call for significant additional funding to support refugees.

“The European Union continues to deliver on its commitment to provide massive support to Syrian refugees and host communities in Turkey. Most recently, contracts worth over €200 million were signed to boost education infrastructure, build and equip schools and to facilitate access to schooling for tens of thousands of refugee children. The European Union thus provides the most vulnerable refugees with the chance for a better life in Turkey,” Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, said.

The Facility for Refugees in Turkey has a budget of €3 billion for 2016-2017. The budget is made up of €1 billion from the EU budget, and €2 billion from the EU Member States.

The European Commission reports that of the overall €3 billion, half has been contracted in less than ten months. Contracts have been signed for 37 projects worth €1.45 billion, out of which €748 million has been disbursed.

John Beckett