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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

European Parliament wants to cut funds granted to Turkey

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News On 24 and 25 October MEPs will vote on the 2018 budget of the European Union. They wish to reduce the credits allocated to Turkey under the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance.

Last Thursday (19 October), EU member states agreed to cut pre-accession funds to Turkey. A decision justified by the German Chancellor who stresses that Turkey is slowly moving away from the European values. At the same time, Council President Donald Tusk said that more of the pre-accession money will go to Turkish civil society.

The EU Council decided a 20 million euro cut of pre-accession funds for 2018, but for the Parliament, this is not enough. EU lawmakers want to send a strong message to Ankara and their suggestion could deprive Turkey up to 80 million euro.

Source :  EurActiv




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