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Parliamentary questions
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3 June 2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Manolis Kefalogiannis (PPE)
 Subject: New act of provocation by Turkey in respect of Greece’s continental shelf

Turkey is once again seeking to encroach upon Greece's sovereign rights. Based on the maps that have been published, in parallel with the signing of the memorandum between Turkey and Libya on delimitation of the maritime jurisdiction areas in the Mediterranean, the Turkish state oil company (TRAO) has submitted seven applications to the Turkish General Directorate of Mining and Petroleum Affairs to carry out hydrocarbon exploration in a maritime area that lies between the Greek islands of Rhodes, Karpathos and Kasos and extends to the waters east of Crete.

The demands, published in the Turkish government gazette, concern part of the Greek continental shelf claimed by Turkey which maintains that it is part of the Turkish continental shelf, while the Turkish Foreign Ministry has stated that Turkey is determined to protect its rights in the Eastern Mediterranean and intends to begin exploration work in this area which - it says - is located within the Turkish continental shelf.

This new provocative action by Turkey cannot affect the sovereign rights of Greece which are based on International Law and the Law of the Sea and has no legal validity.

In view of the above, will the Commission say:

Is it aware of the above provocative action against Greece?

What steps will it take, given that the sovereign rights of a Member State of the European Union are being violated?

Original language of question: EL
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