The press service of the European Commission reported that since the beginning of 2007 to April of 2017 the European Union has paid Turkey 979,6 million euros. These funds were intended to strengthen the rule of law, support human rights and civil liberties and promotion of democracy.
According to the statement, transfer funds, designed to make Turkey a more attractive candidate for EU membership, continues. While the Commission argues that there is a monitoring mechanism to ensure their use in accordance with European values.
Prevented this process and a coup attempt, after which Turkey began mass repression against opponents of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. They are suspected of membership in a «terrorist organization Fethullah», supposedly created by living in the US theologian Fethullah Gulen.
Cleaning affected not only the army, the police, the judicial system. From work drove thousands of teachers, doctors, journalists. Got fired civil aviation pilots and staff from the office of securities. According to human rights activists, about 100,000 have lost their jobs, 40.000 arrested.
Despite the critical position taken by many European countries against the Turkish authorities, EU officials say they do not intend to stop payments. According to the website of EU observer, Turkey is the largest recipient of funds under this program.
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