Yesterday the European Commission reached an agreement with Turkey on a Joint Action Plan to step up their cooperation on migration management in a coordinated effort to tackle the refugee crisis. At the European Council last night, Heads of State and Government of the EU's 28 Member States endorsed the agreement and welcomed the joint Action Plan.
The Action Plan identifies a series of collaborative actions to be implemented as a matter of urgency by the European Union and the Republic of Turkey with the aim of confronting common challenges in a concerted manner and supplementing Turkey's efforts in managing the large number of people in need of protection in Turkey.
In addition, the European Union – the institutions and its Member States – also committed yesterday to increasing political engagement with Turkey, providing Turkey with significant financial support, accelerating the fulfilment of the visa liberalisation roadmap and re-energising the accession process with Turkey.
The agreement negotiated by the Commission, represented by First Vice-President Timmermans, is the result of intensive talks with the Turkish authorities, President Erdoğan, the Prime Minister Davutoğlu and the Foreign Minister Sinirlioğlu.