The Facility for Refugees in Turkey is the EU response to the European Council's call for significant additional funding to support refugees in Turkey. It is a mechanism for coordinating and streamlining aid from the EU and its Member States. Our audit examined whether the Facility effectively supported the refugees in Turkey by focusing on the management of the Facility, and on the results achieved so far under its humanitarian strand. We found that, in a challenging context, the Facility for Refugees in Turkey rapidly mobilised €3 billion to provide a swift response to the refugee crisis. Nevertheless, it did not fully achieve its objective of coordinating this response effectively. The audited projects provided helpful support to refugees; most of them have achieved their outputs, but half of them have not yet achieved their expected outcomes. Furthermore, we identified room for increasing the efficiency of cash-assistance projects. We therefore conclude that the Facility could have been more effective, and that it could achieve more value for money.
Special report No 27/2018: The Facility for Refugees in Turkey: helpful support, but improvements needed to deliver more value for money