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Written Question on the Juncker letter to Renzi about the EU-Turkey deal

On February 8, Marietje Schaake sent priority Parliamentary Written Questions to the European Commission concerning the letter about the EU-Turkey deal, sent by European Commission President Juncker to Italian Prime Minister Renzi. Please find the questions below. Schaake also sent a reminder to the European Commission which has failed to answer the urgent parliamentary questions about the Appendix letter to EU-Turkey deal within the allocated time. Author: Marietje Schaake Subject: Juncker letter to Renzi about EU-Turkey deal In a non-public letter (1) to Italian PM Renzi, President Juncker indicated on the 1st of February 2016 that national financial contributions for the Turkey Refugee Facility will not be taken into account for the calculation of a Member State's deficit under the Stability and Growth Pact. This proposal has been made in a non-public 'Terms of Reference’ document for the instrument covering Member States' contributions to a Refugee Facility for Turkey, which was formally presented by the Luxembourgish Presidency at a Coreper meeting of 18 December 2015. 1. When will this ‘Terms of Reference’ document be made public? 2. Are there any other contracts, letters, agreements, MoU's or other documents that have not been made public regarding the implementation of the EU-Turkey deal, and, if this is the case, is the Commission ready to make these documents public in order for the European Parliament and other stakeholders to be duly informed? 3. Have specific arrangements with other Members States besides Italy been made with regard to the contribution of 3 Billion towards refugee facilities in Turkey? (1) wq-juncker-turkey Answer to the Written Question:
9 June 2016
Answer given by Mr Hahn on behalf of the Commission
The Commission has adopted a decision setting up the Facility for Refugees in Turkey on 24 November 2015, amended on 10 February 2016(1). In order to ensure full transparency, these two Commission Decisions have been published for information in the Official Journal of the European Union. The Commission also took part in a debate in the plenary of the European Parliament on 2 February 2016(2) during which the Facility was discussed in detail. At its meeting on 12 May 2016, the Steering Committee of the Facility agreed on the main priorities for the immediate and medium term. By the end of July 2016, the EU expects to commit about EUR 1 billion in EU funding for humanitarian aid as well as healthcare, education and food. The Commission has made itself available and will continue to report on the implementation of the Facility in the relevant Committees of the European Parliament. The Commission has published four reports on the implementation of the Joint Action Plan on migration with Turkey, of which last one on 20 April 2016(3). The Commission also adopted on 16 March 2016 a communication on the next operational steps in EU-Turkey cooperation in the field of migration(4). The Commission would like to refer the Honourable Member to the Council for access to documents prepared by that institution. The Commission has repeatedly indicated that it is ready to use the in-built provisions of the Stability and Growth Pact (the so-called ‘unusual event’ clause) to cater for the net budgetary impact of the exceptional inflow of refugees. The Commission will make a final assessment based on observed data, ensuring consistent and equal treatment among all EU Member States. The national contributions to the Refugee Facility for Turkey will be considered as part of these net eligible costs.
(1) Commission Decision No C(2016)0855 final on the Facility for Refugees in Turkey amending Commission Decision No C(2015)9500 final of 24.11.2015.
(3) COM(2016)0231 final of 20.4.2016.
(4) COM (2016)0166 final of 16.3.2016.

See also on Turkey:

29-01 Letter to Vice-President Timmermans and High Representative Mogherini on cases of Turkish journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gül

26-01 Written Question: Follow up question on the EU-Turkey deal and the Commission letter to Turkey

25-01 Commission letter to Turkey on renewing accession negotiations

22-01 Plenary speech on the situation in the South East of Turkey

20-01 Plenary speech on the situation in the South East of Turkey

12-01 Written Question about the Appendix letter to the EU-Turkey deal

08-01 VP Timmermans must address key concerns in Ankara, not only EU’s interest to curb the flows of refugees

14-12 Written Questions on Turkey detaining 3,000 refugees after EU deal

10-12 Letter to European Commission President Juncker and First Vice-President Timmermans on the deal between the EU and Turkey

02-12 Media (Carnegie Europe) – Judy Asks: Is the EU Selling Out to Turkey?