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Parliamentary questions
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29 November 2019
Answer given by Mr Hahn
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-002975/2019

The Facility for Refugees in Turkey(1) coordinates the mobilisation of EUR six billion in EU support to refugees and host communities in Turkey in two tranches.

The vast majority of Facility projects are being mobilised with implementing partners, including International Financial Institutions and United Nations (UN) agencies. In seven out of a total of 120 contracts to be signed under the Facility, the Commission is working with Turkish entities through direct grants. The use of direct grants as an implementing modality has been agreed by the Facility Steering Committee. Four direct grants have been signed to date and three more will follow. Direct grants make up EUR 660 million under the first tranche and EUR 875 million under the second.

In the areas of education and health, for example, more than 500,000 refugee children have access to school, and eight million primary healthcare consultations have been delivered. Direct grants involve reimbursement by the EU of clearly identified costs, such as teachers’ salaries, following independent verification of invoices, which is the responsibility of the EU Delegation to Turkey as the contracting authority. Direct grants are not transfers to the Turkish treasury.

The use of direct grants does not exclude other partners. The Commission continues to work with the UN within the framework of the Financial and Administrative Framework Agreement. In an effort to increase the leverage and impact of Facility funding in some priority areas, the Commission solicited proposals from partners involving the combination of a Facility grant with a loan.

For this type of project, the Commission follows the remuneration principles applied to external blending facilities. There has been no change in the way the Facility is implemented, or in the means through which the Commission continues to work with partners.

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