Mar 14 2018

EU plans to allocate another €3bn to Turkey in refugee deal

EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos tweeted Wednesday that the €3 billion Facility for Refugees in Turkey had been fully contracted by the end of 2017. “The EU lived up to its promise in full. Now, the EU and MS need to fund the second tranche of €3 billion,” said Avramopoulos. 

Dimitris Avramopoulos also announced the proposal for an allocation of another €3 billion to Turkey on Wednesday in Brussels. He also urged member states to support the proposal “despite Turkey's rift with the EU over president Recep Tayyip Erdogan's assault on human rights in his post-coup crackdown”.

The pro-government newspaper Sabah said “This was a step from the EU towards Turkey, ahead of the critical summit."

The EU-Turkey refugee deal, which came into effect on March 2016, aimed to cut the influx of Syrian refugees arriving in Greece. According to the deal, the EU promised the allocation of €3bn in aid to Turkey to help migrants. The deal also included the end of visa restrictions applied to Turkish citizens when travelling to Europe as of June 2016, yet the visa restrictions still remain.