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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+ European Council summit, 22-23 March 2018

Against the background of a Communication released by the European Commission setting out a strategy for the relations between the Western Balkans and the European Union going forward, the European Council showed its support to a Summit scheduled for May 2018 in which this subject was set to be discussed.

The European Council also condemned the actions taken by Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean and Aegean Sea, showing solidarity with Cyprus and Greece. It urged Turkey to respect the Cypriot right to exploiting its natural resources and showed concerns over the detention of EU citizens in Turkey.

+ Tension rises between Turkey and Cyprus over gas drilling in the eastern Mediterranean, February 2018

The European Council adopted on 22 March 2018 a set of conclusions relating to the relations between the European Union and the Western Balkans region, as well as on Turkish activities conducted in the eastern Mediterranean and Aegean seas.

Source Link http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2018/03/22/european-council-conclusions-on-the-western-balkans-and-actions-by-turkey-in-the-eastern-mediterranean-and-the-aegean-sea-22-march-2018/
Related Link(s)
Deutsche Welle [Opinion]: My Europe: How realistic is 2025 for the Western Balkans? http://p.dw.com/p/2uxYy
EurActiv [Opinion]: The Berlin Process in the new enlargement strategy https://www.euractiv.com/section/enlargement/opinion/the-berlin-process-in-the-new-enlargement-strategy/
EurActiv, 23.03.18: Rajoy has an issue with Western Balkans summit in Sofia https://www.euractiv.com/section/enlargement/news/rajoy-has-an-issue-with-western-balkans-summit-in-sofia/
Anadolu Agency, 23.03.18: Turkey condemns European Council conclusions https://aa.com.tr/en/europe/turkey-condemns-european-council-conclusions-/1097744
Hürriyet Daily News, 23.03.18: EU leaders blast Turkey’s actions in Mediterranean http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/eu-leaders-blast-turkeys-actions-in-mediterranean-129188
Carnegie Europe [Strategic Europe - Analysis]: Gas and Gunboats Around Cyprus http://carnegieeurope.eu/strategiceurope/75838

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