Conclusions on the Western Balkans and actions by Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea

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Publication Date 22/03/2018
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Set of conclusions adopted at the European Council summit in March 2018, relating to the relations between the European Union (EU) and the Western Balkans region, as well as on the activities undertaken by Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean and Aegeans seas.

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On the relations between the EU and the Western Balkans - against the background of a Communication from the European Commission on a strategy for those relations - the European Council showed its support to a summit taking place in May 2018, in which this matter was set to be discussed.

On the Turkish gas drilling activities in the eastern Mediterranean and Aegean seas, the European Council showed its solidarity with Cyprus and Greece. The national leaders urged Turkey to respect the Cypriot right to exploiting its natural resources and showed concerns over the detention of EU citizens in Turkey.

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Carnegie Europe: Strategic Europe, 20/03/2018: Gas and Gunboats Around Cyprus
Deutsche Welle, 26/03/2018: My Europe: How realistic is 2025 for the Western Balkans?
EurActiv, 27/03/2018 The Berlin Process in the new enlargement strategy

EurActiv, 23/03/2018: Rajoy has an issue with Western Balkans summit in Sofia
Anadolu Agency, 23/03/2018: Turkey condemns European Council conclusions
Hürriyet Daily News, 23/03/2018: EU leaders blast Turkey’s actions in Mediterranean

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