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EU to allocate $426 million to help Turkey after earthquake

The European Council agreed on Monday to a proposal by the European Commission to provide Turkey with 400 million euros ($426 million) for earthquake relief, according to Turkish Minute.

The aid will be allocated from the EU’s 2023 budget.

Two devastating earthquakes struck southern Turkey on 6 February, according to Turkish officials. They killed more than 50,000 people and left millions homeless in more than a dozen cities. The total damage amounted to $100 billion.

The EU will transfer money from the solidarity and emergency aid reserve in its 2023 budget to the so-called operational budget line of the EU Solidarity Fund.

The EU will also provide assistance to Romania and Italy, countries affected by drought and flash floods. The financial assistance will amount to €33.9 million and €20.9 million respectively.

The countries will receive financial assistance as soon as the European Parliament and the Council adopt both proposals.

The international community pledged a total of 7 billion euros at the Together for the Peoples of Turkey and Syria International Donors’ Conference. It was co-hosted on 20 March by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson.

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