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CEB and Turkey agree on €80.6 million in EU grant support for refugee healthcare investments

30 September 2021

Ankara – The Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) and the Ministry of Health in Turkey signed two EU grant agreements in total value of  80.6 million to support refugee healthcare investments.

The €80.6 million in EU grants will finance the construction and/or renovation of migrant health centres and physiotherapy and rehabilitation units in public hospitals as well as the purchase of medical equipment and supplies. The grants will also cover the cost associated with the mobilisation of up to 10 specialists who will strengthen the Ministry’s technical capacity to implement the project.

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(From left to right) Rolf Wenzel, CEB Governor; Fahrettin Koca, Minister of Health; and Tolga Tolunay, Deputy Minister of Health.

The grant agreements are part of a €90 million investment project in refugee healthcare infrastructure and services throughout Turkey, entitled Strengthening Healthcare Infrastructure for All (SHIFA).

Rolf Wenzel, Governor of the CEB, said: “The CEB is pleased to cooperate with the Ministry of Health and the EU on Strengthening Healthcare Infrastructure for All. Today’s grant signature marks the start of procurement activities by our Turkish partners. This means, effectively, that the project is getting closer to the next phase, when jobs are created and healthcare supplies and services become available for refugees and host communities alike. The Bank’s personnel in Ankara and Paris are looking forward to supporting this next phase and, in general, are committed to turning SHIFA into a success story”.

Strengthening Healthcare Infrastructure for All (SHIFA)

SHIFA is funded by the European Union (EU) under its Facility for Refugees in Turkey.  The project aims to make quality health care services more accessible to refugees and persons eligible for subsidiary protection in Turkey. SHIFA started in March 2021 for a duration of four years. The CEB will manage the project while the Ministry of Health in Turkey will implement the infrastructure and supply components.

 CEB and EU

The EU is the largest donor to the CEB, with more than € 520 million contributed to the Bank’s trust funds to date. Under the Facility for Refugees in Turkey, in addition to SHIFA, the EU has contributed € 50 million to the construction of a state hospital in Kilis, Turkey. 

CEB and Turkey

Turkey was one of the eight Council of Europe member countries that established the CEB in April 1956. Since inception, the CEB has approved more than € 7 billion in financing to support investments in MSMEs, sustainable public transport, prevention of natural disasters, and COVID-19 response measures. More information can be found here.

Set up in 1956, the CEB (Council of Europe Development Bank) has 42 member states. Twenty-two Central, Eastern and South Eastern European countries, forming the Bank's target countries, are listed among the member states. As a major instrument of the policy of solidarity in Europe, the Bank finances social projects by making available resources raised in conditions reflecting the quality of its rating (Aa1 with Moody's, outlook stable, AAA with Standard & Poor's, outlook stable, AA+ with Fitch Ratings, outlook positive and AAA* with Scope Ratings, outlook stable). It thus grants loans to its member states, and to financial institutions and local authorities in its member states for the financing of projects in the social sector, in accordance with its Articles of Agreement.

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