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European Commission - Statement

First Vice-President Frans Timmermans and Commissioner Johannes Hahn visit to Turkey postponed after attacks in Ankara

Brussels, 11 October 2015

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On Sunday 11 October, First Vice-President Timmermans and Commissioner Hahn intended to travel to Turkey, on behalf of President Juncker, to continue negotiations over the Action Plan proposed by President Juncker to Turkish President Erdoğan on 5 October.

In view of the tragic events that took place in Ankara yesterday, this visit on request of the Turkish authorities has now been postponed to respect the nation's three days of mourning.
We extend our sincere condolences to the families of the victims and wish a speedy recovery to those injured. Our sympathy goes to the Turkish people and authorities.

The Commission hopes to be able to reschedule the visit for Wednesday 14 October.

Background:

On Monday 5 October, President Juncker had a productive meeting with President Erdoğan in Brussels. At this meeting, he presented a draft Action Plan on support of refugees and migration management. This Draft Action Plan identifies a series of actions to be implemented as a matter of urgency by the European Union and the Republic of Turkey. The objective is to assist Turkey in managing the situation of a very large influx of refugees and prevent irregular migratory flows from Turkey to the EU. The implementation of the Action Plan will contribute to accelerating Turkey's fulfilment of the visa liberalisation roadmap benchmarks – something that both President Juncker and President Erdoğan agreed on 5 October.

The visit of First Vice-President Timmermans and Commissioner Hahn will follow technical talks during the past week between EU and Turkish diplomats. Following the negotiations, the Commission will present the progress made at the European Council on Thursday 15 October.

Read the Draft Action Plan here: MEMO/15/5777

For more information see also: http://ec.europa.eu/news/2015/10/20151006_en.htm

STATEMENT/15/5822

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