EU cuts 70 million in pre-accession funds to Turkey

'No tangible improvement' in state of law

02 October, 15:55

    (ANSAmed) - STRASBOURG, OCTOBER 2 - The European Parliament decided on Tuesday to cancel 70 million euros in pre-accession funds earmarked for Turkey for 2018 due to a lack of improvement in rule of law in the country. The measure passed in Strasbourg with 544 votes in favor, 28 against and 74 abstentions. The resources will instead go towards funding activities connected with the central Mediterranean route used by migrants, EU commitments in Syria and more humanitarian aid. Key to the decision was the annual report on Turkey presented in April by the European Commission, which stated that ''Turkey has been significantly moving away from the European Union, in particular in the areas of the rule of law and fundamental rights and through the weakening of effective checks and balances in the political system''.

    In November 2017, the European Parliament and Commission had opted to set aside 70 million euros in pre-accession funds to allocate to Turkey if the country were to make tangible improvement on rule of law according to the Commission's annual report. (ANSAmed).

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