We have wondered many times why Turkey does not implement what it has agreed upon with the European Union, after it signed the deal: 3 billion euro vs halting the refugees and migrants flow to Europe. KTG also often expressed the suspicion that Brussels most probably had not handed out the cheque to Ankara as promised. And here is the truth by the lips of Turkish officials.
Turkish Minister for European Affairs Volkan Bozkir told state broadcast TRT Haber
“The 3 billion euro EU funds for the Syrians refugees in Turkey will be sent end of February or beginning of March.”
End of story – We will complain again for the daily arrival of 3,000-4,000 refugees to Greece and consequently to Europe in a month or so, when Ankara will have received the money. Then we will check if our neighbors in the Aegean keep their promises or not.
Who was recently who claimed Turkey is not doing enough despite the agreement? I think it was Berlin or some black-tie loafer in Brussels or elsewhere in Europe.
Ops! it was the European Union via EU Commission Vice President, Dutch Frans Timmermans, supported by Germany that joined the orchestra with a violin…
“The European Union on Thursday complained that Turkey wasn’t doing enough to significantly decrease the number of people making the dangerous crossing into Greece and beyond to the continent’s heartland where many EU nations are struggling to cope with the influx of migrants and refugees.
European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans said the EU is “a long way from being satisfied” with the effort from Ankara so far, especially after offering 3 billion euros ($3.26 billion) in aid and political concessions — like an easing of visa restrictions and the fast-tracking of its EU membership process — only two months ago.
Germany alone has said that about 3,200 people are arriving each day, many through Turkey, and that numbers haven’t declined despite commitments to do something about it. In all, nearly 1.1 million people were registered as asylum-seekers in Germany last year, more than 400,000 of them from Syria.”
via Associated Press on Jan 7th 2016
It is the same Timmermans who recently claimed false figures of arrivals from Syria.
“More than half of the people now arriving to Europe come from countries where you can assume they have no reason to apply for refugee status. More than half, 60 percent“, Timmermans told Dutch media broadcaster NOS.
However, recent figures provided by both the EU’s border agency, Frontex, and the UN agency for refugees (UNHCR) paint a much more nuanced picture. Reason enough for EU affairs website Euobserver.com to investigate Timmermanns’ claims and write a report with the correct percentage of migrants or refugee and with the cute title: Timmermans blunders on migrants figures
PS the masks are falling one after the other – But the EU thinks, the European citizens is sheep forage is fields full of κουτόχορτο (dumb-grass)