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CEB to finance new hospital in Turkey, Vice-Governor signs grant agreement

8 June 2018

ANKARA – The Vice-Governor for Social Development Strategy of the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB), Rosa Sánchez-Yebra, today signed a grant agreement for the construction of a new general hospital in Kilis, near the Syrian border, funded by the European Union under its Facility for Refugees in Turkey (FRiT). 

The agreement was signed during a ceremony at the Ministry of Health in Ankara, in the presence of the Turkish Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health Eyüp Gümüş, the Head of the EU Delegation to Turkey Ambassador Christian Berger, and the Mayor of Kilis Hasan Kaya. 

The CEB will oversee the construction and equipment of the new 300-bed state hospital in Kilis, which has recently come under tremendous pressure owing to the massive influx of refugees. The population of Kilis has more than doubled over the past five years, which has put considerable strain on public services, including health. The new hospital will provide access to quality health services for the large number of refugees in the area as well as for the local community. 

Vice-Governor Sánchez-Yebra stressed the importance of this project for the province of Kilis and said: “The CEB, as the social development bank in Europe, has a specific mandate to support social infrastructure projects in its member states, to help the most vulnerable population groups. The construction of this new hospital is a high priority both for Kilis and for the CEB. We are pleased to be cooperating with the EU and the Turkish Ministry of Health on this project.” 

The Head of EU Delegation Ambassador Berger said: "This project in Kilis is part of the EU's support to the Turkish Ministry of Health in its efforts to upscale healthcare capacity to cope with the increased number of patients following the Syrian crisis."

Undersecretary Gümüş said: "The Turkish Ministry of Health has been providing the same level of healthcare services to its Syrian hosts as to its own citizens. Healthcare investments in Turkish provinces near the Syrian border remain our priority." 

Mayor of Kilis Hasan Kaya said: "Kilis is the Turkish province which has been facing the highest level of demographic pressure and social challenges, following the Syrian crisis. All efforts and initiatives to increase local social infrastructure capacity are vital to us." 

In the wake of the migrant and refugee crisis, the CEB took swift action to support its member states, not only in terms of dealing with emergency situations but also with a view to tackling the challenges posed by the social integration of migrants and refugees. The Migrant and Refugee Fund (MRF), a grant facility established in 2015, has raised over €25 million for migrant and refugee projects in Europe.   

Set up in 1956, the CEB (Council of Europe Development Bank) has 41 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, AA+ with Standard & Poor's, outlook positive and AA+ with Fitch 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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