EU minister says Turkey to get aid for refugees in one year

Turkish Minister of European Union says Turkey will receive 3 billion euros ($3.2 billion) from EU for Syrian refugees within year

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Turkish Minister of European Union Volkan Bozkir said on Wednesday that Turkey will receive 3 billion euros ($3.2 billion) of aid for Syrian refugees in line with the agreement reached at the summit between EU and Turkey.

Bozkir said that the government works on the necessary steps for efficient use of the money which will be spent only on expenditures of Syrian refugees in the country.

Turkey and the EU reached a deal over aiding to Syrian refugees and acceleration of Turkey’s accession talks to the union in a summit that brought together EU leaders and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in Brussels on Nov 29.

EU confirmed that the 28-nation bloc will provide 3 billion euros ($3.2 billion) for Syrian refugees in Turkey.

Meanwhile, Davutoglu on Tuesday praised the “fertile cooperation” between Turkey and Bulgaria in terms of the refugee crisis during a press conference with his Bulgarian counterpart Boyko Borisov in a visit to Sofia.

“People, who are fleeing from both a barbaric regime and pressure from terrorist groups, rush into Turkey, Bulgaria and Europe,” he said.

Davutoglu emphasized that “There is a quite fertile cooperation between Turkey and Bulgaria.”

As Turkey hosts 2.3 million Syrian refugees who escaped the civil war in their country, Davutoglu drew attention to the significance of the problem and added that ‘’The refugee problem may turn into a bigger problem that we will all be faced with in the coming years.”

Davutoglu also said  “Hopefully, when Turkey joins the EU, we will make common cause with Bulgaria.”

Borisov also praised the work done between the two countries to strive against human trafficking.

TRTWorld and agencies