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EU member states call for allocating EUR 2.5 billion to help Turkey with refugee matter

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUPresident of the European Commission Jean Claude Juncker has called EU member states to allocate EUR 2.5 billion in the next two years to help Turkey resettle more than 2 million refugees on its territory.

During the meeting social media started reporting photos of the alleged EC document and how member states are offered to share expenses. According to unofficial information, Latvia may have to allocate EUR 4,381,071 in 2016 and 2017 in order to assist Turkey. It is likely that this amount was calculated using indexes that describe the country’s economic state.

Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma’s press secretary Aiva Rozenberga said she is unable to comment unofficial information. She said no such document was presented at the European Council’s meeting on Thursday.

Juncker explained the EC would allocate EUR 500 million from its budget in order for the total amount to reach EUR 3 billion.

In exchange for assistance in taming the uncontrolled refugee flow, Ankara has requested EUR 3 billion annually, as well as visa-free regime for its citizens and continuation of the EU association talks.

EU leaders have agreed that a new summit with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in the next couple of weeks in order to convince Ankara to limit the uncontrolled refugee flow. Latvian Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma said after the meeting that EU and Turkey’s action plan for halting migration is good and there is good basis for cooperation in this complicated matter.

In general, the European Council welcomed the summit of European and African leaders to help resolve the illegal immigrant crisis and offer potential solutions. Measures and long-term initiatives approved during this summit mark an important step forward in combating human trafficking and causes behind the problem of illegal migration, said Straujuma.

«It is currently necessary to turn our attention to protection and management of Europe’s external borders and carry out measures in a geographically balanced manner in response to the fluctuating nature of migration flow,» – said Straujuma.

The main objective of the European Council meeting was to assess the realization of decisions that are already in place – strengthening of cooperation with third countries, especially Turkey, in order hold back migration flow; decisions regarding relocation of refugees from Greece and Italy; additional support to Frontex and increased border control along EU’s external borders.

EU Council plans to re-address migration matters in December.


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