EC allocates Turkey €127 million to boost EU's largest ever humanitarian programme

EC allocates Turkey €127 million to boost EU
# 06 August 2019 16:11 (UTC +04:00)

The European Commission (EC) has today announced an additional €127 million to the Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) programme via the EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey to ensure refugees continue to be supported by the EU's largest humanitarian programme in Turkey, APA reports citing press service of EC.

This new funding brings the total EU contribution to the programme to €1.125 billion: “The EU is upholding its commitments to Turkey and the most vulnerable refugees. Our new funding will allow us to reach more than 1.6 million refugees, helping them to live in dignity in Turkey. Our financial assistance programme is a success story of innovation in humanitarian aid and has given many families a chance to build a secure future after having fled the war in Syria'', said Christos Stylianides, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management.

ESSN programme provides refugees with monthly financial assistance through a special debit card which can only be used within Turkey and whose use is strictly monitored. It helps refugees integrate into the local economy and society as they pay for basic needs themselves such as food and rent.