MOSCOW (Sputnik) — European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources Guenther Oettinger urged EU states on Friday to allocate at least two billion euros ($2.4 billion) under the EU-Turkey refugee deal.
"The member states should allocate at least two billion," Oettinger said in an interview with the Spiegel newspaper.
The first tranche of 3 billion euros is scheduled to be transferred by the end of this year. It comprises 1 billion from the EU budget and 2 billion from individual budgets of EU states.
Ankara and Brussels agreed on a deal in March 2016, which stipulated a $6.4 billion in financial aid and major concessions for Turkey on EU membership and travel in return for a pledge from Ankara to take back undocumented migrants arriving in Europe via Turkish territory.