EU to propose strict measures against Turkey

The first day of the EU summit was concluded without an agreement on the top positions in the European institutions.

“There was no majority for any candidate,” European Council President Donald Tusk said during the press conference he gave at the end of the meeting.

He also announced that a new summit will be held next Sunday, June 30.

Tusk and outgoing European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker stressed the importance of EU leaders condemning Turkey’s actions in the Cypriot EEZ.

“The European Council is ready to respond appropriately and in full solidarity with Cyprus,” said Tusk.

“We had an important meeting, especially as far as Cyprus is concerned,” Jean-Claude Juncker said on his part.
He also said that “what Turkey is doing in the territorial waters of Cyprus” is unacceptable adding that the measures to be proposed by the Commission will not be insignificant.

The European Council in its conclusions after the summit referred to targeted measures against Turkey.
The full text of the European Council follows:

“The European Council recalls and reaffirms previous Council and European Council conclusions, including the European Council conclusions of 22 March 2018 strongly condemning Turkey’s continued illegal actions in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea.

The European Council expresses serious concerns over Turkey’s current illegal drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean and deplores that Turkey has not yet responded to the EU’s repeated calls to cease such activities.

The European Council underlines the serious immediate negative impact that such illegal actions have across the range of EU-Turkey relations. The European Council calls on Turkey to show restraint, respect the sovereign rights of Cyprus and refrain from any such actions.

The European Council endorses the invitation to the Commission and the EEAS to submit options for appropriate measures without delay, including targeted measures. The EU will continue to closely monitor developments and stands ready to respond appropriately and in full solidarity with Cyprus.

The European Council will remain seized of the matter and will revert accordingly.”