EU: CLAIMS TO CUT 75 PER CENT LEAVING TURKEY ARE UNTRUE


20/01/2020




Serhat TUNAR -TDO- European Union officials said that the news that the funds from the pre-accession financial assistance instrument (IPA) programme would be cut in the financial aid to Turkey did not reflect the reality.

German media reports on Saturday claimed that IPA funds to be provided to Turkey would be cut by 75 per cent.

After the developments, the European Union Office for Foreign Relations and Security Policy said in a written statement that High Representative Josep Borrell did not send a letter to the European Parliament informing Turkey that additional cuts would be made in the financial assistance under the instrument for pre-accession assistance (IPA) programme, as media reports have claimed. The statement also said that the European Union's budget officials had no new or current decision on Turkey's pre-accession financial assistance funds.

The statement also stated that the cut in IPA funds to Turkey began in 2017 and the final decision on the funds was made on 15 October. It is also stated, "Media reports linking the answer to the current question posed in Parliament to the Libyan conference or recent developments are completely false and misleading."


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