European Union suspends support programmes for Turkey

European Union Commissioner Johannes Hahn stated that financial support programmes for Turkey have been suspended.

European Union Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn stated that financial support programmes provided to Turkey in the scope of EU accession negotiations have been suspended because Turkey did not make the desired progress.

In a statement to German news agency DPA (Deutschen Presse-Agentur), Hahn said that of the total amount of 4.45 billion Euros available for Turkey for the period from 2014 to 2020, 167.3 million Euros have been paid so far.

Hahn remarked that Turkey was moving away from Europe, noting that it would not be legally possible at present to freeze the so-called accession support completely, for which -he added- the EU accession negotiations launched with Turkey in 2005 need be officially stopped.

EU Commissioner noted that there is no progress in the negotiations as no new titles are introduced by any side.