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Parliamentary questions
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17 December 2019
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Elissavet Vozemberg-Vrionidi
 Subject: Provocations by Turkey

Turkish leadership has continued to apply tension and aggressive rhetoric over recent months in the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean, repeatedly violating the sovereign rights of Greeks and Cypriots in the region.

At the same time, as Turkey steps up its provocative activities, the flow of refugees from the Turkish coast to the Greek islands has not been stemmed by the harsh weather. There are more arrivals on the Greek islands now than ever before since the EU-Turkey refugee agreement was signed in 2016.

The Greek Government continues to act in a coordinated manner at national level and with the rest of Europe in an effort to tackle the problem, but Turkey appears to be controlling the flow of migrants and refugees as a means of blackmailing Europe. It is worth noting that, during the two-day NATO summit, no migrants at all arrived on the north-eastern Aegean islands.

Given that Turkey is clearly no longer upholding its side of the EU-Turkey agreement, and given that European leaders have shown full solidarity with Greece and Cyprus in the face of Turkey’s provocations, as is shown in the Council’s conclusions of 13 December 2019, will the Commission say:

Does it have an alternative plan, or a powerful source of leverage, to force Turkey to comply once again with international law? If so, how exactly will it achieve this?

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