Following through on its commitment to support n s in , the is today mobilising additional funding for the Facility for s which has so far given 500.000 children access to education and is supporting 1.2 million s with monthly cash transfers.

Today’s decision establishes the legal framework for the second tranche of €3 billion, as foreseen in the EU- Statement, mobilising €1 billion from the EU budget. The first tranche of the Facility set up in 2016 was made up of €1 billion from the EU budget and €2 billion from Member States’ contributions. The Commission proposes to continue this arrangement, so that the successful and effective work of the Facility for projects benefiting s in can continue.

Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, said: “Today the Commission takes the first step in the mobilisation of additional support under the Facility for n s in . The publication of the second annual report clearly highlights the positive results achieved so far and how vital and effective the Facility is, in supporting the most vulnerable s and their host communities in , thus reducing migratory pressures. I call on Member States to fulfil the commitments taken to mobilise an additional €3 billion, allowing us to continue our indispensable assistance.”

The has already lived up to its commitment to deliver €3 billion for 2016 and 2017 through its Facility for s in , with the full amount having been programmed, committed and contracted before the end of 2017 – in the space of just 21 months. With hosting some 3.5 million n s, the Commission is committed to continuing this support, as the need for assistance is still significant. Under the EU- Statement, Member States agreed to mobilise an additional €3 billion for the EU Facility for s in shortly after the currently available resources had been contracted. Today’s decision follows from this and seeks to ensure that the valuable work of the Facility can continue.

A strong track record of providing vital support

The money from the Facility goes to projects to address the needs of s and host communities with a focus on humanitarian assistance, education, health, municipal infrastructure and socio-economic support. An implementation report published today confirms that the Facility is delivering positive, tangible and effective results for s in .

Progress in humanitarian assistance

Under the humanitarian strand of the Facility, €1.38 billion has been allocated and all 45 humanitarian projects have been contracted with 19 partners, covering basic needs, protection, education and health. The EU has continued to address the needs of particularly vulnerable s via the Emergency Social Safety Net benefitting 1.2 million of the most vulnerable s. The Conditional Cash Transfer for Education programme was launched in 2017 and is the largest ever Education in Emergencies programme financed by the EU, facilitating access for populations to formal education systems. As of February 2018, over 266,000 children attended school and their families received financial support through the Conditional Cash Transfer for Education programme.

Solid results in education, health and socio-economic support

Under the long-term development strand of the Facility, €1.611 billion has been allocated, all 27 projects have been contracted and €747 million has been disbursed. The Facility continues to support longer-term livelihoods, socio-economic and educational perspectives of s in . This support helps children get access to primary and secondary education and to improve educational infrastructure, including school buildings and learning materials. Since October 2017, a €300 million direct grant – implemented in cooperation with the Turkish Ministry of National Education – has been promoting the integration of n children into the Turkish education system, and has provided 312,000 children with Turkish language training by almost 5,500 Turkish language teachers.

With the support of KfW and the World Bank, the construction and equipping of 125 solid structures and 50 prefabricated schools should benefit 124,000 children annually. In addition, working with the Turkish Ministry of Health, the Facility has delivered €300 million in aid to ensure s can access healthcare services, including the vaccination of more than 217,000 n children. As of December 2017, s have benefitted from over 760,000 primary health care consultations.

To improve the employability and labour market integration of s and vulnerable members of host communities, new projects will deliver vocational training to 15,100 people and 7,400 people will benefit from job search and counselling sessions.