EU should freeze funds towards Turkey, Cypriot MEP says

Cypriot MEP Lefteris Christoforou has said that the EU should freeze funds towards Turkey for 2019 and even for the next multi-annual fiscal framework if the country continues to violate EU principles and values.

The European People’s Party (EPP) MEP was addressing today the plenary of the European Parliament, in Strasbourg, during a debate with European Commissioner Gunter Oettinger on the next multi-annual fiscal framework.

There is no doubt that the next multi-annual fiscal framework will shape the EU future, the Cypriot MEP said, noting at the same time that what is needed is a clear vision for a stronger and better Europe.

First of all, we need to enhance youth employment, he stressed while at the same time calling on the EU not to abandon rural areas and our farmers.

Christoforou said he was in favour of strengthening the EU defence and security, and protecting the territorial integrity of member states, as well as small EU member states, such as Cyprus and Malta.

The Cypriot MEP also recalled that the EU is based on principles and values and asked that countries who violate EU principles and values are not funded.

We ought to freeze funds for Turkey for 2019 and if it does not comply to freeze funds for the multi-annual fiscal framework, he said.

Source: Cyprus News Agency