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Mar 14 2019

EU to give Turkey 1.5 billion euros in aid for Syrian refugees in 2019

European Union’s Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini said on Thursday the EU would dedicate 2 billion euros ($2.27 billion) in aid for Syrian refugees in 2019, including 1.5 billion euros ($1.7 billion) for those living in Turkey, A Haber reported. 

Brussels and Ankara agreed on a deal two years ago that aimed to cut the influx of Syrian refugees arriving in Greece from Turkey. According to the deal, the EU promised to allocate a total of 6 billion euros in aid to Turkey to help migrants, while Turkey pledged to increase security along its borders. 

Mogherini’s announcement came a day after the European Parliament voted in favour of an annual report on Turkey that called on EU leaders to formally suspend Turkey's accession talks. 

The report, prepared by European Parliament’s Turkey rapporteur Kati Piri, warned against a serious backslide in Turkey in terms of human rights and the rule of law, yet appreciated Turkey’s efforts to provide shelter to around 4.5 million Syrian refugees. It called the EU decision makers to keep promises made to assist Syrians in Turkey.