EU cuts pre-accession aid to Turkey by 75%

(FILE) - The Turkish national flag flies close to the European Union flag in Istanbul, Turkey. EPA/Matthias Schrader

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The EU has cut pre-accession aid to Turkey by 75%, according to a letter sent to the European Parliament by EU foreign affairs commissioner Josep Borrell and seen by the Essen-based Funke Mediengruppe.

Turkey will now only receive €168 million ($186 million) of which €150 million will be spent on strengthening democracy and rule of law. The rest is earmarked for rural development.

Borrell justified the cut by saying it was in response to Turkey’s decision to stage a military operation in northeastern Syria and conduct unauthorized gas drilling off the coast of Cyprus.

The EU has cut pre-accession aid to Turkey by 75%, according to a letter sent to the European Parliament by EU foreign affairs commissioner Josep Borrell and seen by the Essen-based Funke Mediengruppe.

Turkey will now only receive €168 million ($186 million) of which €150 million will be spent on strengthening democracy and rule of law. The rest is earmarked for rural development.

Borrell justified the cut by saying it was in response to Turkey’s decision to stage a military operation in northeastern Syria and conduct unauthorized gas drilling off the coast of Cyprus.

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