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Parliamentary questions
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6 December 2019
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Athanasios Konstantinou
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Violations of the airspace of a Member State

Unwarranted acts of provocation by Turkey violating Greek airspace have become a daily occurrence,

creating an inconceivable and unprecedented state of affairs: in 2018, Turkey dispatched 1 167 fighters, which committed at least 913 infringements of air traffic rules and 2 766 violations of national airspace, engaging in 72 ‘dogfights’. In 2019, this problem has only become more acute.

Since 1987, Turkish fighters have flown around 60 000 sorties, encroaching on Aegean airspace or committing other infringements.

However, the EU has never seen fit to censure these acts of aggression by Turkey and the matter has never been raised during talks regarding the various forms of funding for Turkey.

As a direct result of Turkish aggression, the wholly legitimate sovereignty of Greece in the Aegean is being constantly undermined.

In view of this, will the Commission say:

Why, since Greek territory is also EU territory and the borders of Greece are also the borders of the EU, does the Union seem to be indifferent to the military operations being mounted against a Member State?

Does it not realise that Turkey’s military actions are directed not only against Greece but also against the EU?

Will it take action, even at this late stage, to ensure that Turkey complies with international law and refrains from harassing the EU?

Original language of question: EL
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