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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 302

Leading MEPs welcome the support package for Syrian refugees of EUR 585 million

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 5 giugno 2020

European Parliament standing rapporteur on Turkey, Nacho Sánchez Amor (S&D, ES), and the Chair of the European Parliament’s Delegation to the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee, Sergey Lagodinsky (Greens/EFA, DE), said:
“With today’s decision, the EU has shown that it remains committed to improving the situation of Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries, particularly Turkey.Following two visits at the beginning of the year, the European Parliament is well aware of the continuing needs of Syrian refugees in Turkey and knows that the decision on the new funds is urgent, as some of the most relevant programmes will run out of funds in September 2020.We have always praised and appreciated the role that Turkey is playing, currently hosting the largest refugee population in the world, including 3.7 million Syrian refugees. Regardless of the way in which some try to use migration and refugee issues for political leverage, the reality is that refugee populations in Turkey continue to need support and the EU should keep fairly contributing to these vulnerable populations.We therefore welcome this new support package, which comes on top of the existing EUR 6 billion under the Facility for Refugees in Turkey. The new funds will benefit Syrian refugees directly and will be administered by international organisations, not by the Turkish authorities.If approved by Parliament and the Council, these funds will go directly to refugee families through two main EU humanitarian support actions in Turkey: the Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) – providing monthly cash transfers to around 1,7 million refugees, currently implemented by the International Federation of the Red Cross – and the Conditional Cash Transfer for Education (CCTE) – providing cash to refugee families whose children attend school instead of working, currently managed by UNICEF.We reiterate that any EU funding for refugees in Turkey has to be monitored effectively by the EU delegation so we can guarantee that neither EU money nor any facilities funded by the EU are being used to forcefully return refugees to Syria. Any returns to Syria have to be safe, dignified and voluntary, with the involvement of the UNHCR.”

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