EU approves €1.9 bn assistance program for Turkey

The EU approved Monday €1.9 billion for Turkey as part of its pre-accession assistance program, Turkey’s Ministry for EU Affairs announced.

The approval was given by the bloc’s financial assistance mechanism for candidate and potential candidate’s Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance.

In a statement, Turkey’s EU ministry said the European Commission’s annual budget program determined that Turkey would use €1.96 billion out of the total €4.45 billion in the first part of projects or programs for 2014-2020.

The Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance is the main financial instrument for candidate countries to provide EU support in implementing reforms to move towards full EU membership.

According to IPA official website, the body gives financial aids for the following four specific objectives: support for political reforms, support for economic, social and territorial development, strengthening the ability of the beneficiary country to fulfill obligations stemming from membership in the EU by supporting progressive alignment with the Unions, and strengthening regional integration and territorial cooperation…

The EU is out of their collective mind. Erdogan is getting more outrageous and bizarre daily. I am not even sure he is really interested in the EU any longer. So why throw money at them?