European Commission downplays MSF rejection of EU funds

The European Commission says it "takes note" of the decision by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) to no longer accept money from the European Union due to its migration policy, but says that this will not affect humanitarian projects in Turkey or elsewhere.

"MSF is not an implementing partner of EU humanitarian aid in Turkey, neither has MSF submitted any requests for funding of their activities in Turkey. Therefore no life-saving humanitarian aid for refugees in Turkey will be affected," spokesman Margaritis Schinas told journalists in Brussels.

"The commission has been informed that the suspension will have no impact on ongoing EU-funded humanitarian projects implemented by MSF in other parts of the world," he added.

MSF received around 15 million euros (17 million dollars) from the commission last year, representing just over 1 per cent of the EU executive's humanitarian aid budget, Schinas said.

Last update: Fri, 24/06/2016 - 08:49
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