Romanian MEP Mureşan, from the European People’s Party (EPP), went further, suggesting that the EU Facility for Refugees in Turkey, which supports refugees be financially supported by further cuts to pre-accession funds for the Turkish government.
EU lawmakers will discuss on Tuesday (24 October) and vote the following day on the European Parliament’s proposal on the draft 2018 EU budget.
In an interview with EURACTIV in Strasbourg, Mureşan explained next year’s main priorities, with growth, jobs and security set to take centre stage in the next budget. But on a political level, the new EU stance toward Turkey will steal the show.
Clear political message to Turkey
Last Thursday (19 October), EU member states agreed to cut pre-accession funds to Turkey. Turkey is “moving away step by step from something we consider as preconditions for accession”, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said.