Together for the people in Türkiye and Syria

15.03.2023

A total of €7 billion were pledged by the international community at the International Donors' Conference ‘Together for the people in Türkiye and Syria', co-hosted on 20 March by the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and by the Prime Minister of Sweden, Ulf Kristersson, for the Swedish Presidency of the Council.

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"Today is a very good day for international solidarity. Together with our partners, we have raised €7 billion in total to support the people in Türkiye and Syria, following the devastating earthquakes. More than half of this pledge comes from Team Europe. We have shown to the world that we are supporting those in need. And we always stand by our partners."

Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission

 

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Participants

More than 60 delegations from the European Union, its Member States and partners, including the UN, international and European financial institutions such as the EIB and the EBRD, and other relevant stakeholders met in Brussels to mobilise support for the people in Türkiye and Syria after the devastating earthquakes of February 2023 and to coordinate the response in the affected areas in both countries.

 

"Today's meeting had one important goal: to turn our words of condolences and solidarity into action. And provide a strong, efficient, and coordinated response to help the people affected by the devastating earthquakes. For the Swedish EU Presidency, we are grateful for the good cooperation with the Commission in arranging today's conference, and very impressed by the substantial results today, and humbled by the important work ahead of us."

Ulf Kristersson, Prime Minister of Sweden

 

Total pledges

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The total pledge of this International Donors' conference amounts to €7 billion, of which €6.05 billion in grants and loans for Türkiye and €950 million in grants for Syria. The European Commission and the EU Member States, as well as the European Investment Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development represent more than 50% of this total pledge of grants, with €3.6 billion.

The funds for Türkiye will be used to cover humanitarian needs and help the reconstruction of the affected regions. The preliminary damage assessment in Türkiye demonstrates very large needs above $100 billion with a lot of damage to public infrastructure and residential buildings. The reconstruction efforts will ensure that all international standards for construction in seismic regions are taken into account and also the priorities of the Turkish Green Deal. The funds for Syria will be used to help meet humanitarian needs and support early recovery and resilience.

 

A comprehensive EU response

The EU has already been active in supporting Türkiye and Syria, with the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism being activated immediately after the natural disaster hit. 

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How the EU is responding to the devastating earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria

Teams of structural engineers and in-kind assistance are also being mobilised through the mechanism and bilaterally. An EU Civil Protection Team is currently in Türkiye to coordinate the international response. In Syria, EU humanitarian partners are on the ground supporting those affected by the earthquake, including water and sanitation support, and distributing blankets and hygiene items in affected areas. 

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Moreover, the EU has mobilised its rescEU strategic reserves to deliver 500 temporary accommodation units, 2,000 tents, and 8 000 beds to Türkiye from its emergency stockpiles hosted by Sweden and Romania. 

In total, close to €8.6 million of EU humanitarian aid has been allocated to respond to the immediate needs of the population in Türkiye, and some €10 million have been immediately mobilised to respond to the immediate consequences of the earthquake in Syria.

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An EU civil protection team in Beirut is coordinating the delivery of the assistance to Syria, and EU humanitarian experts are also present in Syria working with partners to ensure the aid reaches the most vulnerable.

16 European countries have offered in-kind assistance via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism and the aid is being delivered to the people most in need. In addition, through the humanitarian air bridge the EU plans to deliver 420 tonnes of assistance, including 225 tonnes from the EU's own humanitarian stockpiles worth €1.1 million.

EU support to the people in Türkiye and Syria following the earthquakes

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Factsheet: EU support to the people in Türkiye and Syria following the earthquakes

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Agenda: International Donors’ Conference

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Media advisory: Donors' Conference

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Related links

European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations

European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations

Swedish Presidency of the Council of the EU

UNHCR: How to donate

Türkiye Earthquakes Recovery and Reconstruction Assessment