The European Commission has allocated one billion euros to the Western Balkans countries and Turkey

Moscow. December 11. The European Commission has allocated around a billion Euro to the Western Balkans countries and Turkey on the implementation of the programme of preparation for EU membership.

In a statement on Friday communiqué of the European Commission States that the software package whose total value in 2015 is estimated at about 1 billion euros for carrying out reforms and deepening regional cooperation. “This package expresses our firm commitment to the European perspective for the Western Balkans and Turkey”, – stated in a communiqué, the EU Commissioner for European neighbourhood policy and enlargement negotiations Johannes Hahn.

According to him, “this is a long term investment in their own stability, security and prosperity of the EU, and it will support the processes of political and economic reforms in the countries embarked on the path to the EU”.

The largest individual recipient of EU aid on reforms and regional cooperation – Turkey (to 255.1 million euros). Money is also allocated for projects in Serbia (196.6 million, plus 78 million for Kosovo), Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, and multinational cooperation projects.

In addition, the European Union, formally recognizing the Turkish-occupied Northern Cyprus continues to support the economic development of the Turkish community of the island.

Approved a new financial assistance programme for Turkish Cypriot community the cost of 32 million Euro from the EU budget.

If the Greek-speaking Republic of Cyprus, which occupies the southern part of the island, is a full member of the EU, populated by ethnic Turks of Northern Cyprus except Turkey is not recognized.

Selected North Cyprus money is a continuation of the aid programme to promote economic development, expansion of contacts between the Turkish and Greek parts of Cyprus and the approach of the Turkish Cypriot community closer to the EU.

“During his July visit to Cyprus the President Jean-Claude Juncker confirmed long-standing commitment of the European Commission to reunite the island,” – said in a communiqué, the EU Commissioner for regional policy Corina creţu.

“This process should contribute to the economic development of the community of Turkish Cypriots, and we Fund projects that help to bring together the two Cypriot communities,” she notes.

Measures to promote reconciliation and confidence-building will remain an important component of the programme implemented through support to inter-communal Commission for cultural heritage. For the first time allocated money for the restoration and landscaping of the buffer zone in the old town of Nicosia.