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Brussels is considering new unconditional help for Turkey against the corona virus

May 19, 2020

The European Commission is considering allocating new means to Turkey to deal with the coronavirus pandemic crisis in humanitarian aid, which is unconditional, as this could harm civil society which would benefit from these programs.

This was expressed by the Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighborhood, Oliver Varhelyi, in an appearance in the European Parliament, in which he pointed out that Brussels “identifies” new points for new help in connection with the Coronavirus and maintains contacts with the EU Turkish Authorities. This would join the 8.5 million euros that were redirected at the beginning of the pandemic

In response to questions from MPs, Varhelyi opposed the establishment of conditionality based on respect for the rule of law, as he understood that this type of clause could ultimately harm society that is supposed to help. “These funds are given to civil society, and that would be counterproductive, provoke the opposite of what is wanted when conditionality is insisted on, and we would punish the organizations,” he said.

Brussels is considering new unconditional help for Turkey against the corona virus
Brussels is considering new unconditional help for Turkey against the corona virus

This EU aid program would come about despite the tensions in relations with Turkey, the ongoing oil exploration in Cyprus, their role in the conflict in Libya or the migration impulse with the EU that the Commissioner recalled, in any case, he sees the relationship to Ankara as transcendent for security and stability in the region.