Dutch PM hails Turkey for sticking to refugee treaty
THE HAGUE – Anadolu Agency
“This is the cause of the problem in the Greek islands,” Rutte added.
In March 2016, the EU and Turkey reached an agreement to take stricter measures against human smugglers, discourage irregular migration through the Aegean Sea and improve the conditions of Syrian refugees in Turkey.
The EU has failed to timely deliver the promised 3 billion-euro ($3.7 billion) funding for refugees in Turkey.
Under the EU-Turkey agreement, European states have to mobilize an additional 3 billion euros ($3.7 billion) in funding by the end of 2018.
The agreement also promised the acceleration of Turkey’s EU membership process and visa-free travel for Turkish nationals within the Schengen area, provided that Ankara fulfills the criteria set out by Brussels.