Michel and von der Leyen are paying visit to Turkey

Photo: EU Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel held a videoconference on 19 March with Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

On Tuesday, EUCO President Charles Michel and EC President Ursula von der Leyen are paying a visit to Ankara where they will meet with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. They will attend as well a roundtable with representatives from IOM, UNHCR, UNICEF and UN Women.

At a video conference before the March EU summit, von der Leyen and Michel discussed with President Erdoğan a possible visit to Ankara following the March European Council.

At their summit on 25 March, EU leaders tasked the Commission and the High Representative to propose “possible positive agenda, but conditional”.

They decided to further engage with Turkey on issues such as migration financing, high-level dialogues and modernising the Customs Union. “If Turkey does not move forward constructively, if it returns to unilateral actions or provocations, in particular in the Eastern Mediterranean, of course we would suspend these cooperation measures,” von der Leyen stressed after the summit.

We thing that Turkey will maintain positive behaviour in the next months and we are ready with the Member States to put more concrete proposals on the table in order to have more stable and predictable relationship with Turkey, President Michel commented after the March EU summit held via video conference. The EU will take formal decisions at their summit in June.

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