Ankara/Brussels, 26 September 2016
EU launches largest ever humanitarian programme for refugees in Turkey
Commissioner Stylianides travels to Turkey to launch the EU’s largest ever humanitarian programme for refugees
Today Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides is in Ankara to launch the EU’s flagship humanitarian aid programme, which is set to provide a monthly electronic cash grant to benefit 1 million refugees in Turkey. The Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) aid project has an initial budget of €348 million and will be implemented by the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Turkish Red Crescent (Kizilay), in close collaboration with the Turkish Ministry of Family and Social Policy and the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD).
Speaking in Ankara, Commissioner Stylianides said "I’m confident that EU humanitarian aid will make a real difference for refugees in Turkey, helping one million people. The launch of our new programme here in Turkey today is a clear example of the strong partnership of the EU and Turkey in finding together new innovative ways to address one of the most important humanitarian challenges of our times."
During his stay, Commissioner Stylianides also visited other EU humanitarian projects funded under the Facility for Refugees in Turkey, including a Community Center for Syrian refugees run by the Turkish Red Crescent and a Child Protection Support Center supported by the Association for Solidarity with Asylum Seekers (ASAM) and UNICEF.
As of October 2016, monthly cash-transfers to electronic cards will be given to refugees in need across Turkey. The cash card is an efficient way to support families to purchase what they most need, providing them the dignity of choice. Refugees will be enabled to feed and house their families and to send their children to school. As the money will be spent in local markets, the new system will also boost the local economy.
The much needed humanitarian aid will reach one million refugees countrywide by the first quarter of 2017.
To ensure funding is well spent, the aid project will be carried out by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), a long standing EU humanitarian partner with a track record of successfully implementing large-scale relief projects. WFP will work hand in hand with the Turkish Red Crescent.
The European Commission will work in close partnership with the implementing organisations and rigorously monitor the EU-funded projects to ensure efficiency and maximum humanitarian impact.
The ESSN is funded by the EU and its Member States under the €3 billion “Facility for Refugees in Turkey” with the goal to provide assistance to refugees and host communities in Turkey. It is designed to ensure that the needs of the most vulnerable are addressed in a comprehensive and coordinated manner.
In addition to the ESSN, the EU is already funding humanitarian projects worth €164 million in Turkey. To date, the total amount contracted for humanitarian and non-humanitarian actions under the Facility for Refugees in Turkey stands at €652 million. Out of this, €467 million has been disbursed already.
FACTSHEET: Questions and answers: Support for refugees in Turkey through the Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN)
FACTSHEET: The Facility for Refugees in Turkey
FACTCHEET: EU humanitarian aid to Turkey
Website: The Facility for Refugees in Turkey
Overview of projects funded by the Facility for Refugees in Turkey
Press release: EU announces more projects under the Facility for Refugees in Turkey: €348 million in humanitarian aid to refugees in Turkey (8 September 2016)
Video: Statement by Christos STYLIANIDES, Member of the EC in charge of Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management on the financing of a Humanitarian Aid programme to help the refugees in Turkey Commissioner Stylianides midday statement – 8 September
CHP President Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu
Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu was born in Nazimiye District of Tunceli Province in 1948. He continued his primary and secondary education in various places like Erciş, Tunceli, Genç and Elazığ. He studied economics at Ankara University in Ankara, from which he graduated in 1971.
After university, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu entered the Ministry of Finance as deputy accountant. He was later promoted to accountant and sent to France for additional professional training. In 1983, he was appointed deputy director general of Revenue Administration attached to the same ministry. In 1991, Kılıçdaroğlu became director general of the social security administration, Bağ-Kur. The following year he was appointed director general of the other social security administration, SSK. Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu was named in 1994 "Civil Servant of the Year" by the weekly periodical "Ekonomik Trend”. Before retiring in 1999, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu had served for a while as the deputy undersecretary in Ministry of Labor and Social Security.
He taught in Hacettepe University for a short period. He chaired the ad-hoc committe of informal economy, established during the preperatory works for Turkey’s 8th five–year Economic Development Plan. He was one of the Board Members of Turkish Is Bank.
Following the 2002 general elections, he entered Parliament as member of parliament from Istanbul. He was re-elected to parliament in 2007. He became the deputy speaker of his party's parliamentary group. Kılıçdaroğlu was elected as Chairman of Republican People’s Party at the Party’s Congress in Istanbul on May 22nd.
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