The two reasons why the Prime Minister refuses to pledge to veto Turkey

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 The two reasons why the Prime Minister refuses to pledge to veto Turkey



"David Cameron tells us that there is no chance of Turkey joining the EU “for decades“ (BBC TV June 19).

But ref. Answer to House of Commons Question below “… The UK supports Turkey’s EU accession process…”



Second reason: Turkey already has the formal EU status of “candidate country“.

This means that the EU pays Turkey “pre-accession funding“, money paid out specifically to prepare Turkey for EU membership.

In the period 2007 – 2013, this was to the tune of Euros 4.799 billion. A further Euros 4.453 billion was allocated or paid 2014 – 2020.



Are these very large sums really being paid to Turkey on a basis that is totally invalid?



If the Prime Minister believes what he says, EU should cease pre-accession funding and the Prime Minister should pledge to veto Turkey's application for EU Membership.“



William Dartmouth MEP,

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Note: Source and table below.



Turkey: EU Accession: Written question - 33258

Q

Asked by Mr Douglas Carswell<http://www.parliament.uk/biographies/commons/mr-douglas-carswell/1527> (Clacton)

Asked on: 11 April 2016

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Turkey: EU Accession

Commons

33258

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on Turkey's accession to the EU.

A

Answered by: Mr David Lidington<http://www.parliament.uk/biographies/commons/mr-david-lidington/15>

Answered on: 14 April 2016

The UK supports Turkey’s EU accession process, which remains the most effective mechanism for continuing reform in Turkey. Turkey’s accession itself is not on the cards for many years to come. Turkey first applied for associate membership of the EEC in 1959, and there remains a very significant amount of detailed work to do before Turkey is ready to join the EU including economic reforms. Every Member State has a veto at every stage. For the UK, the EU Act 2011 requires any Accession Treaty admitting a candidate country to membership to be ratified by Act of Parliament.

http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2016-04-11/33258/







PRE-ACCESSION FUNTING ALLOCATED TO TURKEY

2007-2013: €4.799 billion

2014-2020: €4.4539 billion (38 percent of the total amount of €11.7 billion for that period)



Year


Amount of EU Pre-Accession Funding


2007


€497.2 million


2008


€538.7 million


2009


€566.4 million


2010


€653.7 million


2011


€779.9 million


2012


€860.2 million


2013


€902.9 million


Total: €4,799 million


2014


€620.4 million


2015


€626.4 million


2016


€630.8 million


2017


€636.4 million


2018-2020


€1,940.0 million


Total: €4,453.9 million




Source: European Commission, Indicative Strategy Paper for Turkey (2014-2020) and http://ec.europa.eu/enlargement/key-figures/old_2007_2013_en.htm



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