Migrants: Commission-Turkey reach accord, needs EU summit OK

Presented at permanent ambassadors meeting

15 October, 19:08

    (ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, OCTOBER 15 - The European Commission on Thursday reached an agreement with the Turkish government to move forward with an action plan on migrants.

    The terms of the agreement were reported in the meeting of Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER) prior to the summit, said diplomatic sources.

    The EU summit currently underway must authorize it prior to bringing it into effect. The agreement, negotiated by Vice President Frans Timmermans and EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn with the Turkish government at their mission in Istanbul and Ankara, foresees - according to the sources - four points: 3 billion euros in financing to Turkey for refugee camp management (part from the EU budget, part from member states funds), an accelerated program for the lifting of visas, the opening of five EU membership chapters and Turkey's inclusion on the list of 'safe countries' (asylum seekers from the country will thus not get the priority treatment ensured to those from places like Syria and Eritrea). (ANSAmed).

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