Turkey to continue receiving EU funding between 2021-2027, says commissioner

Turkey is included among the EU candidate countries set to receive funding from the European Union’s next long-term budget between 2021 and 2027, said Oliver Varhely, the EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement.

The European Commission has proposed a new Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA), a financial tool for EU candidate countries used toward projects and programmes allowing alignment with bloc, earmarking 14.5 billion euros for the mechanism.

“As an EU candidate country, Turkey is included in the IPA,’’ Diken news site quoted Varhely as saying.

The report arrives after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan last month unexpectedly revived Turkey’s bid for EU membership, citing the coronavirus pandemic as a clear demonstration of the need for unity.

Turkey’s accession process in to the European Union has been a drawn out and contentious topic, placing Ankara at loggerheads with the bloc for years.

Negotiations for full membership began in 2005, however Turkey has made slow progress towards meeting the accession criteria and the bloc following the 2016 coup attempt halted the process, citing serious concerns about Turkey’s human rights and rule of law.