EU halts funding to Turkish government

The European Parliament approved a proposal by Greek MEP Nikos Androulakis to stop funding to the Turkish government in a plenary session, the Greek Reporter news website said on Sunday. 

"We are stopping funding for the governments of Turkey, Azerbaijan and Belarus. Because a necessary condition to receive European funding is to respect human rights, the rule of law and international law," Androulakis said in a speech at the parliament.

Androulakis, the rapporteur of the Committee on Foreign Affairs for the 2021 budget, suggested that European funds be made available to non-governmental organisations in Turkey, such as NGOs and human rights defenders within the country, and not to the Turkish government, the Greek Reporter said.

Turkey received a total of about 3.6 billion euros between 2014 and 2018. EU funds were limited to 160 million euros in 2020, an amount that also applied to 2021, according to Androulakis.