EU ‘preparing to pay’ Turkey €50mn to help bolster coast guard – official

EU ‘preparing to pay’ Turkey €50mn to help bolster coast guard – official

The European Union is preparing to pay Turkey tens of millions of euros to help bolster its coast guard, a senior EU official said on Wednesday. Increasing numbers of people have been leaving Turkey recently in hopes of finding sanctuary or jobs in Europe.

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Greek authorities have been struggling to cope with a sharp rise in the number of migrant arrivals to Lesbos and other islands in the eastern Aegean Sea, near the Turkish coast. EU-funded camps in Greece are suffering severe overcrowding and outbreaks of violence.

“We have prepared a set of measures amounting to some €50 million ($55 million),” according to Maciej Popowski, the deputy director-general for EU enlargement policy.

He said part of the money would help to “improve the capacities of the Turkish Coast Guard to perform search and rescue operations,” AP reports.

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