World Refugee Day
In 1956 eight member states of the Council of Europe created a Resettlement Fund to help finance projects for the resettlement of refugees. The Fund began with capital of less than US$7 million but would evolve into the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB), a multilateral development bank with an exclusively social vocation.
In 2021 a new public hospital is currently being built in Kilis, Turkey. Funded by the European Union, the new facility will provide healthcare services across 20 specialisations, and will feature, amongst others, 24 operating theatres and state-of-the-art emergency and intensive care units. The Ministry of Health is in charge of project implementation while the CEB manages the EU funding and oversees the construction and equipment of the hospital. The Kilis municipality ensures the new hospital’s accessibility (for cars and pedestrians) by building the required roads and by connecting the new hospital with the existing municipal facilities.