'The EU has agreed to cut funds bound for Turkey by €105 million and freeze another €70 million, linked to its bogged-down membership talks, citing the Turkish government’s disregard for human rights and rule of law.
The cuts envisioned in the EU budget for 2018, approved by the EU Council and the European Parliament on Thursday, were made “in view of the situation in Turkey as regards democracy, rule of law and press freedom,” the Council of the European Union said in a statement.
Turkey still has a chance to receive €70 million, “held in reserve” in case it “sufficiently” improves the situation in all these fields.
“As long as Turkey is not respecting freedom of speech, human rights, and is drifting further away from European democratic standards, we cannot finance such a regime with EU funds,” Siegfried Muresan, the European Parliament’s chief budget negotiator, said, as cited by Reuters.
The EU seems to have hardened its stance on Turkey since October, when the Parliament was debating a cut of €80 million, €30 million to put on hold, from an initial €217mn budget proposal, aimed at bringing forward political reforms in Turkey.
However, while there had been different opinions about the size of the cuts, there has been little doubt that Turkey will eventually be punished for its alleged human rights abuses.'
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