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?



  • tom_billesley

    Why would a club pay to coach people in how to apply for membership?. It’s stupid.

    • Frau Katze

      “Idiot poliiticians” as a tag might fit this case.

  • Pete_Brewster

    The only intelligent reason I can think of is to keep any more Turks from showing up in Germany by just sending the welfare cheques right to Ankara. Equalization payments if you please.

    But if that were the idea Ankara would have to get in line behind Athens, surely?

    (If the Greeks weren’t Christians marked for extinction, I mean.)

  • Just a thought

    “So why throw money at them?’

    Who says politicians aren’t “efficient?” They get more squander for the buck every year.

    Besides, how else will they be able to strengthen “…the ability of the beneficiary country to fulfill obligations stemming
    from membership in the EU by supporting progressive alignment with the

    Huh? That alone prompts several thoughts…

    1. – How many “advantages” does an organization have for prospective members if it has to provide a bribe as an incentive to join?
    2. – If countries aren’t going to benefit from joining, other than from an up front bribe that will only ending up costing them in the long run, what’s the point?
    3. – Specifically, in the case of Turkey. what “Unions” does the EU want
    them to “progressively align” with? And why would Turkey agree?

    Anyone here know enough about the EU and it’s machinations to ‘splain any of what it does, other than the obvious “their nuts?”

  • WalterBannon

    I am going to go with nuke the EU.

  • James Holmes Left Wing Loon

    Sometimes an avatar is worth more than a thousand words.

  • BillyHW

    Now I know where Erdogan got his palace from.

  • Maggat

    Ascension, ascension?, more like another load to be flushed down the toilet that is Europe.

  • Hard Little Machine

    I hope Hamas latches on. They really really need to be welcomed into the EU.