MEPs will vote on Tuesday to cancel €70 million in pre-accession funds earmarked for Turkey, as conditions to improve the rule of law were not met.
Last November, Parliament and Council decided to place in reserve €70 million in pre-accession funds for Turkey (€70m in commitment appropriations and €35m in payment appropriations), under the condition that “Turkey makes measurable, sufficient improvements in the fields of rule of law, democracy, human rights and press freedom, according to the annual report of the Commission.”
The Commission, however, in its annual report on Turkey, published on 17 April 2018, did not find evidence of any such improvements. The conditions were thus not met and MEPs are set to support the draft amending budget 5/2018, in which the Commission proposes transferring the funds earmarked for Turkey to strengthen programmes dealing with migration.
Vote: Tuesday, 2 October