#EuropeanCouncil: Meeting of EU heads of state or government with Turkey today

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At the recent European Council of 18-19 February, leaders agreed to organise a special meeting with Turkey. The full and speedy implementation of the EU-Turkey action plan remains a priority, in order to stem migration flows and tackle networks of traffickers and smugglers.

On 24 February, President Tusk announced that the meeting with Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu will be held on 7 March in Brussels. It will be followed at 15.00 by a meeting of the members of the European Council.

In preparation for these meetings, President Tusk travelled to the main countries of the Western Balkan route between 1-4 March and discussed on the phone with Jens Stoltenberg about the progress on NATO-Frontex cooperation in the Aegean sea. He also met with Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Turkey.

On Monday 7 March, EU leaders will discuss with Prime Minister Davutoğlu their cooperation on migration. Even if there is good progress to report on a number of actions in the EU-Turkey Action Plan, the number of illegal entries from Turkey to Greece remains far too high.

After a press point with Prime Minister Davutoglu, the meeting will resume at 28 for a working session on:

  • the full application of the Schengen Borders Code in order to close the Western Balkan route
  • the reinforcement of the humanitarian assistance to refugees, particularly in Greece

More information

Invitation letter by President Donald Tusk to the EU heads of state or government for ‎informal meetings on 7 March‎

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