Turkey expects 6 billion euros for fulfilling migration agreement

  • Jan Merička
  • 21.11.2017 09:02

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Thursday 16 November that Turkey expects the remaining money out of the three billion euros, which the European Union promised to provide for projects for migrants' health, education and food under the agreement on refugees of 18 March 2016, to be paid by the end of 2017.

The EU also pledged to pay another three billion euros if the commitments within the migration agreement are respected, in particular the return of illegal migrants coming from Turkey or the prevention of creation of new illegal migratory routes. According to Çavuşoglu's speech, the Turkish government expects this money by the end of 2018. This demand for additional finances can trigger tensions between the EU and Turkey. The EU is in a significantly worse negotiating position since Turkey can terminate the migration agreement and reopen the Balkan route. In March 2017, this was threatened by Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş. The EU's position is further weakened by the fact that Turkey's interest in EU membership has declined significantly.

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