Ahead of the European Council on 20/21 October, President Juncker informed the EU heads of state or government that six months into implementation the Facility for Refugees in Turkey is delivering fully and is helping to secure livelihoods and create opportunities for the refugees hosted by the country. In a letter sent to the leaders, President Juncker stressed: "Operations under the Facility have reached cruising speed quickly, and recent weeks have brought several significant breakthroughs in its implementation. The total amount of funding allocated under the Facility now stands at over € 2.2 billion, with over € 1.2 billion already awarded via concrete contracts. Of this, €467 million has been disbursed to the implementing partners. The balance will be paid progressively as the implementation of the projects advances. Crucially, the funding from the Facility is making a real, tangible difference to the lives of the over three million refugees hosted by Turkey." More information on how the Facility works and on the state of play of our assistance can be found on the factsheet. Details of the projects of the Facility can be found here.