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Voicing unease with calls on Turkey to open its border to take in tens of thousands more Syrian refugees fleeing regime advances around Aleppo, Deputy Prime Minister Yalçın Akdoğan has said Turkey has sent the EU a package of project plans for the 3 billion-euro refugee fund.
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Ankara, 25 January 2016

Remarks by High Representative/Vice President Federica Mogherini:

Thank you very much. It is a pleasure to be back in Ankara for this High-Level Dialogue. I remember very well that in this very same room in December 2014, together with my friend Commissioner Hahn, we were saying that the relations between the European Union and Turkey with the new Commission on the European side coming into office needed to be revitalised and we had a lot of work ahead of us because regional, global and also local challenges needed a stronger cooperation between the European Union and Turkey that is not only an accession country, but also a very important global partner for the EU.
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The European Union assured Turkey on Jan. 25 that a package of three billion euros for Syrian refugees will soon be released, also stressing the need to further stem the influx of irregular migrants from Turkey to Europe before a key summit to take place on Feb. 18 in Brussels.
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The European Union must fulfill its promises as part of a 3 billion euro ($3.28 billion) deal it struck with Turkey in return for stemming the flow of migrants into the bloc, Turkey’s EU Minister said on Wednesday.

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Months after agreeing with Brussels to upgrade a decades-old Customs Union, Ankara has moved towards implementing practical steps that would bring the economies of Turkey and the European Union closer together.
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Six EU commissioners will visit Turkey in March 2016 for a high-level economic platform meeting, the Turkish EU Minister Volkan Bozkır has said, while also noting that Turkish and EU officials would gather in January within the framework of a high-level energy dialogue mechanism.
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Indeed, there exists a growing consensus for the need of a coordinated approach, which best addresses the challenges facing us all from the economic instability that continues to define the post-crisis period to the war in Syria and the ongoing threat presented by terrorism. These issues require the consolidation of this mutually beneficial relationship as well as recognition that the Turkey-EU relationship is symbiotic. Turkey occupies a key geographical position, is leading the response to the refugee crisis, has a vibrant economy and is a key partner to the EU in responding to prevailing energy security challenges.
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Turkey will receive 3 billion euros ($3.27 billion) from the EU within the next year to spend on Syrian refugees, Turkey’s EU minister said Wednesday.

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German chancellor Angela Merkel will lead a meeting of eight European states and Turkey on the sidelines of an EU summit on Dec. 17 to discuss plans to resettle refugees from Turkey.
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BRUSSELS—European countries are considering a plan to take in Syrian refugees directly out of Turkey if Ankara makes good on its promises and reduces the number of people crossing illegally to Greece.

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