EU Parliament Discusses Greek-Turkish Border in Session Cut Short Due to Coronavirus

March 11, 2020

BRUSSELS – The European Parliament will examine the situation at the Greek-Turkish border on Tuesday between 17.30 and 19.00 (Greek time) with Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson and the Croatian Presidency. The EP’s plenary session has been shortened to one day and is taking place in Brussels instead of Strasbourg because of concerns linked to the spread of coronavirus.

In its statement, the EP recalled that “since the beginning of March, thousands of people have been trying to cross the Greek-Turkish border by land and sea, following [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan’s announcement that his country will no longer prevent them from doing so, as it did in 2016 in exchange for EU financial assistance.”

MEPs will examine the repercussions of Turkey’s stance on its relations with the EU, the actions of the Greek police towards refugees and migrants, as well as the Greek government’s decision to stop accepting asylum applications for a month, according to the report.


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