Germany calls EU countries to contribute to refugee fund

Germany says each EU members should pay into 3 billion euro refugee fund to back Turkey’s efforts over refugee crisis

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German Finance Ministry State Secretary says each member states should contribute 3 bn euro refugee fund

Germany called European Union members to contribute into 3 billion euro ($3.2 billion) aid fund for Syrian refugees who are living in Turkey.  

"All member states should contribute to the financing totalling three billion euros," German Finance Ministry State Secretary Jens Spahn told the daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung on Wednesday.

"It is also a question of European solidarity."

Spain said the official request for individual payment will be put in words next week at EU finance ministers meeting.

EU pledged last week to provide 3 billion euro ($3.2 billion) aid for Syrian refugees in Turkey after sides reached a deal over aiding Syrian refugees and acceleration of Turkey’s accession talks to the union at a summit in Brussels on Sunday.

Turkey opened its doors to 2.2 million Syrian refugees pushing its financial limits to help desperate war victims.  

The EU is trying to tackle the biggest humanitarian crisis which has been faced since the World War II.  

Over 875,000 refugees crossed Meditarrenean to Europe this year while more than 3,500 died in the attempt.

TRTWorld and agencies