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Purchasing Property in Turkey With Cryptocurrency Now Possible With Antalya Homes

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 16 marzo 2019

Despite the loss in the value of many digital currencies and particularly Bitcoin in the past year, data from Statista indicates that the number of cryptocurrency wallet owners has increased 32% and reached 31 million by the end of 2018. Widely used in many industries including automotive, travel and informatics, cryptocurrency has also become widespread in the real estate sector.Leading companies in the world such as Microsoft, Virgin Atlantic and Shopify now allow users to make payments in cryptocurrencies for their products and services. The real estate sector has also experienced an increase in the use of digital currencies and it is now possible to buy houses with cryptocurrency in Turkey, a home for many foreign investors. With a total market value of 140 billion dollars, cryptocurrency is actively used in travel, food, information technologies, automotive as well as real estate sectors. As one of the most attractive European countries for housing investment where 40 thousand properties have been sold to foreigners in 2018, Turkey uses not only Bitcoin (BTC) but also Ripple (XRP), Ethereum (ETH), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Bitcoin Gold (BTG), Litecoin (LTC), Tether (USDT) and Stellar (XLM) for house sale transactions. Antalya Homes, the leading international real estate agency, which has helped thousands of foreigners obtain a home in Turkey to date, adopted an innovative approach selling nine houses in 2018 using Bitcoin (BTC).

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Death penalty in Turkey – Illusions in Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 22 Mag 2017

Albert Camus and Adnan Menderes1Albert Camus and Adnan MenderesWhat is the future of the EU-Turkey relationship? In two new ESI papers we suggest how to reform a dysfunctional accession process; and when to bring it to an end. We seek to dispel illusions, restore clarity and propose ways how the European Union and the Council of Europe might better protect fundamental human rights.
In his essay “Reflections on the Guillotine” in 1957 French writer Albert Camus takes an uncompromising position against the death penalty, writing that: “A man is destroyed by the wait for death long before he really dies.” At the time Camus’ native French Algeria was in the throes of a ferocious conflict. Routine torture, summary executions of captured prisoners, mass internment and the use of the death penalty characterised the French counter-insurgency strategy. Military tribunals in French Algeria rendered almost 1,500 death sentences between 1954 and 1962. Of these, 198 were carried out. After 1957 all lawyers who used to defend Algerian rebels were arrested or put under house arrest; several were suspended, two murdered.When the European Convention on Human Rights was adopted in Rome in 1950, it explicitly recognised the legality of capital punishment. It did not limit the crimes which could be punished in this way. This created a huge gap for human rights protection, which had terrible consequences. In 1957, the year Camus wrote his essay, Evaghoras Pallikarides, aged 19, was hanged in the British Crown Colony Cyprus. “The offence for which he was executed was that of possessing a weapon. It was a light machine gun, and it was not in a serviceable condition at the time he was apprehended.” This was not an isolated incident. The UK had proclaimed a state of emergency in Cyprus in November 1955, resorted to mass detention without trial, vastly extended the use of the death penalty, imposed draconian censorship laws and enacted extensive powers to requisition property.Cyprus did not remain under British control, and spiralled into further violence soon. France lost Algeria and left behind untold bitterness. The recent history of European powers dealing with colonial insurgencies is a record of immense human rights abuses and abysmal policy failures. It is a reminder of how tempting it has been, even for democratic leaders faced with violence, to resort to repression, intimidation and the use of extreme measures. And how badly this has ended.

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Migration: MEPs to assess deal with Turkey and situation in the Western Balkans

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 28 aprile 2017

turchiaCivil Liberties MEPs will assess this afternoon with the European Commission the results of the deal concluded with Turkey one year ago to better manage the refugee and migration flows, as well as the situation in the Western Balkan route. The debate will take place from 16.00 to 18.00.Mr Maarten Verwey, appointed by Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to coordinate the implementation of the deal, will present the fifth progress report on the cooperation with Ankara since the signature of the EU-Turkey statement, on 18 March 2016.
The Commission will also report to the Committee on the financial aid provided so far to the country for assisting refugees. Through the Facility for Refugees in Turkey, the EU committed at the end of 2015 to mobilise 3 billion euro for the period 2016-2017 to assist Syrian refugees and asylum-seekers in the country (1 billion from the EU budget, 2 billion from Member States).According to Commission´s data, by the end of February 2017, 2.2 billion had already been allocated, with half of the financial envelope already contracted (1.5 billion) and 750 million effectively disbursed.MEPs will also be presented with an assessment on the provision of emergency support within the Union, exceptionally activated to provide assistance in those member states more affected by the influx of refugees and migrants. The Commission will release up to €700 million for the period 2016 to 2019 to fund emergency support.Finally, representatives of the Commission will update the committee on the situation in the Western Balkan migration route, following its intended closure in March last year.

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What is at stake in Turkey’s referendum

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 17 aprile 2017

eldoganTURKS go to the polls this Sunday, April 16th, to choose between the parliamentary system they have lived under for nearly a century and a new constitution that would concentrate all executive power in the hands of their president. A “yes” vote would overhaul the state in its present form, abolishing the post of prime minister, sidelining parliament, and formalising a system in which the president answers no one except voters. A “no” would mark a major setback for Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s president, though far from a fatal one. Yet there is much more riding on the outcome than one man’s political fortunes. What is at stake? Turkey’s judiciary would be among those to suffer the most. In the 2000s Mr Erdogan’s government allowed the Gulen community, a secretive Islamic movement, to pack the justice system with its sympathisers. All hell broke loose when the two allies turned on each other. Prosecutors and police officials close to the Gulenists implicated Mr Erdogan and his allies in a cascading corruption scandal in 2013; thousands of them were purged in response. When army officers close to the movement were accused of spearheading a violent coup in the summer of 2016, the purge intensified. Over the past nine months, the government has sacked a quarter of all judges and prosecutors over suspected Gulen links. More than 2,500 of them are currently behind bars, leaving the judiciary depleted and terrified of rubbing Mr Erdogan the wrong way. The new constitution would make the justice system even more beholden to Mr Erdogan and his party. At the moment, the president appoints four of the 22 members of the country’s most influential judicial body, the high council of judges and prosecutors. The rest are elected by their peers. The new constitution would decrease the number of members and allow Mr Erdogan and his allies in parliament to appoint all of them. None of the appointments would be subject to hearings.
The new constitution would also place the legislative branch at the disposal of the executive. A key change would allow the president to retain links with his party, handing Mr Erdogan the power to keep his Justice and Development (AK) party in check by choosing parliamentary candidates. Parliament’s powers of scrutiny would also change. According to current rules, MPs can address oral questions to the prime minister and cabinet members. The proposed amendments would allow only for written questions, and only to ministers and vice presidents, instead of the president. In areas where parliament has not passed any laws the president would have the right to issue decrees. A new provision would widen the scope for Mr Erdogan’s impeachment by parliament, though it would set the bar for removing him from office exceptionally high. Proposing an investigation would require a simple majority in pariament, but opening one would require 60% of MPs to agree. The final decision would rest with the constitutional court, composed almost entirely of the president’s appointees. Parliamentary and presidential elections would be held simultaneously every five years. In theory, each institution could keep the other in check by keeping a finger on the eject button: the president and the parliament would be able to cut short each other’s mandates, as well as their own, by calling early elections.
Mr Erdogan has been in power for 14 years, longer than any Turkish leader since the founder of the republic, Kemal Ataturk. The constitution would allow him to serve a maximum of two five year terms, beginning with presidential elections in 2019. There is a catch: if parliament were to call early elections during his second term, Mr Erdogan would be eligible to run for a third. In theory, this would allow him to remain in power until as late as 2034. As large an impact as Sunday’s vote might have on his future, it will have an even bigger one on his country’s. (by The Economist)

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EU – Turkey deal should be taken to Court, French human rights ombudsman tells MEPs

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 19 ottobre 2016

turchiaThe EU- Turkey deal goes against all rules, said Mr Toubon, French Defender of Rights. He added that the deal should be taken to the European Court of Justice as it is against the Charter on Fundamental Rights.
MEPs in particular asked about the situation of unaccompanied minors living in the shantytowns in the refugee camps in Calais such as the “Jungle” which a delegation from the Civil Liberties Committee visited in July.
Mr Toubon, who described his role as Defender of Rights as a form of ombudsman with effective powers such as the power to make observations and give recommendations, shared their worries regarding the conditions in the camps and the protection of the children.
He stressed the responsibility of the UK for the children, and urged that some of the more stable structures remain as shelters for the minors when the Jungle is dismantled.
Mr Toubon also voiced concerns about some aspects of the French emergency law, introduced following the terrorist attacks, in particular in relation to the power to carry out house searches at night, based on administrative decisions, and the effect such searches might have on children who witness them.

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IFC Becomes a Shareholder in Turkey’s Akfen Energy to Boost Renewable Energy, Combat Climate Change

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 25 giugno 2016

istanbulIstanbul, Turkey, a member of the World Bank Group, is becoming a shareholder of renewable energy company Akfen Yenilenebilir Enerji (Afken Energy), part of an effort to ramp up the production of clean power in Turkey.IFC is investing $100 million in Akfen Energy, a subsidiary of Akfen Holding, to acquire a 16.67 percent stake in the company. The investment will help Akfen Energy to almost triple its renewable energy production. The company operates solar- and hydro-power plants and is expanding into wind farms. IFC’s investment is designed to support Turkey’s emerging clean energy industry, help the country reduce its reliance on climate-changing fossil fuels, and bolster domestic power supplies.“We aim to become a leading player in the renewables market in Turkey and IFC’s equity investment in our company provides strong support to realize this goal,” said Akfen Holding Chairman Hamdi Akın: “We are in the process of creating a new platform for all investors in renewable energy, which will utilize Turkey’s local renewable energy resources with sustainable generation in all segments of the energy sector.”IFC has a long-standing partnership with Akfen Holding, a multinational corporation. IFC has supported several projects spearheaded by the company, including the Mersin International Port Eurobond issue and the construction of TAV Tiblisi Airport. After the closing procedures, as shareholder in Akfen Energy, IFC will nominate a board member to the company, further improving the company’s corporate governance. “Renewable energy is a key and sustainable solution to meet ever growing energy demand and Turkey benefits from a wealth of renewable energy resources.” said Dimitris Tsitsiragos, IFC Vice President, Global Client Services. “The private sector has a significant role to play in supporting Turkey’s targets in utilizing these resources. We are happy to extend our strong relationship with Akfen into the energy sector and to continue to contribute to the company’s efforts to bolster renewable energy production.” This is IFC’s third equity investment in Turkey’s power sector. It is designed to help the country reach its goal of generating 30 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2023.
Turkey’s energy sector has achieved a transformational shift over the last 10 years, going from a reliance on public investments and state guarantees towards private sector investments. The World Bank Group has been a long-time partner in this reform process. In Turkey, IFC’s second largest country of operations globally, IFC has significantly increased its investments in the power sector by investing and mobilizing a total of $695 million over the last three years.Globally, IFC invested more than $4 billion in power, transport and energy projects in FY15, including funds mobilized from third parties.

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Global call for urgent action on sexual and reproductive health in humanitarian settings

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 24 Mag 2016

istanbulIstanbul, Turkey- Tewodros Melesse, Director General,International Planned Parenthood Federation, Babatunde Osotimehin Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund, World Health Organisation and senior leaders from the Governments of Australia, Sweden, Norway, Netherlands and Jordan called for urgent action to include sexual and reproductive health in the immediate lifesaving interventions in crisis at the World Humanitarian Summit today.“Too often, sexual and reproductive health and rights in emergencies are overlooked and critically underfunded. It is a life saving intervention that protects dignity and keeps people protected when their world has been turned upside down. We need to ensure that there is a coordinated response on the ground which has the same status as other humanitarian response like food, shelter, water and sanitation. This is a minimum set of standards for a sexual and reproductive health frontline actions. We urge governments to factor to recognise and implement reproductive health into their own humanitarian response delivery.” said Tewodros Melesse, IPPF Director General.Reproductive health issues are the leading cause of women’s ill health and death worldwide and these problems are compounded during a crisis. Around 60 percent of preventable maternal deaths take place in crises and fragile settings.Women and girls are disproportionately affected by humanitarian crises exposed to early marriage, trafficking, rape, forced pregnancies, unattended service delivery during complicated pregnancies and delivery.
125 million people are affected by crises. One quarter of those people are women of reproductive age – that’s 31 million and women are 14 times more likely to die than men in a crisis.IPPF is calling for donor governments to ensure that services are more equitably distributed between conflict zones and natural disasters. In particular in conflict areas, lack of funding leads to worse sexual and reproductive health outcomes for women and girls. Rajat Khosla, Human Rights Advisor Reproductive Health, World Health Organization spoke of the urgent need to prioritize sexual and reproductive health in humanitarian settings, he said “We are now looking at people who are affected for 17 to 20 years by a crisis. We can no longer operate a business as usual approach. We need to change to a comprehensive health response that includes sexual and reproductive health and rights that leaves no one behind”.

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Visa liberalisation for Turkey must not turn into a “sell-out”, say MEPs

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 12 Mag 2016

migrantsMEPs voiced serious concerns about Turkey’s lack of progress in meeting the U’s preconditions for liberalising its visa regime for Turkish nationals, as required by the 18 March deal between the EU and Turkey to help stem the flow of migrants into the EU.
Dutch defence minister Jeanine HENNIS-PLASSCHAERT for the Council recalled that the 18 March statement accelerated an existing process, following a roadmap approved in 2013. “It is not just a present to President Erdogan or a concession, but something from which we all will benefit, millions of European tourists and millions of Turks, including human rights activists.” She nonetheless recognized that “Turkey has a lot of homework to do.” The Council working party on visas had begun its legislative work on the Commission proposal that morning, she reported.
Commissioner Dimitris AVRAMOPOULOS also acknowledged that Turkey still needed to make progress, but said he was “optimistic” that Ankara would “give a final push” to the necessary reforms by the end of June. “We are not watering down our standards”, he assured MEPs.
Mariya GABRIEL (EPP, BG) voiced her group’s support for the 18 March agreement, but said that Turkey must meet all criteria for visa liberalisation before Parliament’s vote. “We need to take time to finalise details, examine the Council’s position and have safeguard mechanisms in place”, she said.
Tania FAJON (S&D, SL) said that the EU should not make promises without ensuring that all its requirements are fulfilled. The antiterrorist legislation and data protection issues, among others, need to be dealt with,” she added, warning that “we can´t allow exceptions, because that will have a boomerang effect.”
Helga STEVENS (ECR, BE) said that conditions for Turkey should be especially stringent, it being a candidate member state, without any double standards. She felt “ashamed of the irresponsible behaviour of the Commission towards a dictator.”
The criteria for visa exemption must be fulfilled, insisted Sophie in ´t Veld (ALDE, NL). Europe is “being subjected to President Erdogan’s blackmail, because we are weak and divided”. She regretted that EU leaders “make deals with dictators” instead of agreeing a common European refugee policy.
Marie-Christine VERGIAT (GUE/NGL, FR) said that President Erdogan aims to campaign for and install an authoritarian regime.” I’m in favour of visa liberalisation but not at any condition and not by closing our eyes on what is actually going on in Turkey”, she concluded.
Rebecca HARMS (Greens/EFA, DE) pointed to a growing number of democratic and human rights violations in Turkey and said that the EU must not depend on Turkey, but take responsibility, together with the UN, to find solutions to the refugee crisis. “It is a mistake to mix refugee strategy and neighbourhood policy”, she added.
Fabio Massimo CASTALDO (EFDD, IT) criticised the “illegal agreement” between the EU and Turkey and warned that President Erdogan “cannot be our friend”.
Marine Le PEN (ENF, FR) described the idea of giving visa-free access to Turks as “absolutely crazy”, adding that President Erdogan was using migration as a weapon against the EU.

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Will Turkey be ready for visa-free access to the EU by June? – Debate in LIBE

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 21 aprile 2016

turchia-ist3Civil Liberties MEPs will assess on Thursday with the Commission the progress made by Turkey in fulfilling the requirements of its visa liberalisation roadmap, following the agreement between EU leaders and Ankara to speed up the process with a view to offer Turkish citizens visa-free access to the EU by June 2016 at the latest. As part of the EU-Turkey deal reached on 18 March to better manage migration and refugee flows, EU leaders offered the Turkish government to accelerate the visa liberalisation, provided that all benchmarks are met. Once the Commission presents a legislative proposal to this end, the Parliament will have to decide together with the Council under the codecision procedure.
On Thursday, MEPs will discuss with the Commission its most recent report on the Turkish progress, of 4 March, and the remaining requirements. Commissioner Avramopoulos has announced that the next progress report will be published on 4 May. The debate will start around 10.00. The Civil Liberties Committee meeting will be held in room 4Q2, József Antall building, in Brussels.

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EU – Turkey migration deal: state of play and next steps

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 8 aprile 2016

ankaraCivil Liberties MEPs quizzed the Commission on the conditions in the Greek reception facilities, the number and background of staff. MEPs also stressed the need to respect international law and live up to EU standards. Under the agreement, finalised by heads of state and government at the summit on 18 March, all people arriving irregularly from Turkey to the Greek islands are to be returned, while the EU is to take in one Syrian refugee for each Syrian sent back. Once irregular crossings from Turkey have been substantively reduced, a Voluntary Humanitarian Admission Scheme will be activated. The deal also opened up for faster visa liberalisation for Turkish citizens travelling to the EU, provided Ankara complies with the requirements.

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LIBE meeting 7 April – Brussels attacks/EU-Turkey deal on migration/sale of citizenship/drugs/Rule of Law

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 7 aprile 2016

bruxelles (1) Thursday 7 April 2016, 9.00 – 12.30 and 14.00 – 17.00 – Room József Antall (JAN) 4Q1. Follow-up to the extraordinary meeting of EU Ministers of Justice and Home Affairs of Thursday 24 March 2016 after the terrorist attacks in Brussels on 22 March (9.00 – 9.15).Joint debate on the main challenges the EU and Turkey are facing in the field of migration (9.15 – 10.45). MEPs will discuss, among other topics: Next operational steps in EU-Turkey cooperation in the field of migration.
Turkey Joint Action Plan – Third implementation report.
Progress by Turkey in fulfilling the requirements of its visa liberalisation roadmap.
Exchange of information on third country nationals and European Criminal Records Information System (ECRIS) – Consideration of draft report – rapporteur Timothy Kirkhope (ECR, UK). (12.00-12.30) Sale of citizenship in EU Member States and allegations of corruption in the issuing of residence permits and Visas from member state consulates and embassies in third countries and the security implications for the EU – Exchange of views with the Commission. (16.00 – 17.00)
Provisional measures in the area of international protection for the benefit of Sweden regarding the emergency relocation decisions from Italy and Greece – rapporteur Ska Keller (Greens, DE). (11.30 – 12.00) The internet and drug markets – presentation by Mr Alexis Goosdeel, Director of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), and by Europol. (14.00 – 15.00)
An EU mechanism on democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights – Presentation of an assessment by the European Parliament Research Service and two research papers by Dr Petra Bárd (Central European University, Budapest), and Professor Laurent Pech (Middlesex University, London). (15.00 – 16.00)

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EU-Turkey deal: Next days will be crucial, human rights must be upheld, says Civil Liberties Chair

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 22 marzo 2016

turchia-ist3The EU should offer support to Greece to ensure returns to Turkey are carried out in full respect of international law and human rights, according to Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs committee Chair, Claude Moraes (S&D, UK).Following the agreement reached by EU leaders and the Turkish government on Friday 18 March, Mr Moraes said:“The EU-Turkey deal agreed last week in response to the refugee crisis is already showing worrying signs which the European Parliament has previously warned. As stated by President Martin Schulz, we cannot “outsource” our problems to Turkey. We must observe international law and human rights.Following the decision to carry out readmissions of refugees and asylum-seekers to Turkey it is important that Greece is given much needed support from member states without delay to ensure its asylum conditions are significantly improved to carry out returns in full respect of international law. Greece cannot be left alone to shoulder the responsibility of the biggest refugee crisis since the Second World War”.
Mr Moraes set out some key concerns:“Just last week in a joint meeting of the Civil Liberties and Development committees with Commissioner Styliades, MEPs were given assurances that the relocation of 160,000 people in need of international protection from Italy and Greece was still in place. Under the deal, relocation appears to be put on hold which raises key questions as to what guarantees will member states give to support the thousands of persons stuck in Greece following the border closures along the ‘west-Balkan route’. Member states must not ignore their existing commitments to take in people in clear need of international protection”.
“On the issue of smuggling, as spring approaches it is important that we move the narrative towards enhancing safer and legal routes to Europe to avoid more deaths at sea. Focusing on strengthening borders and sending people back will merely offer smuggling networks the chance to expand to other parts of the Mediterranean and Agean, which will lead to more dangerous routes taken to reach the EU”.
“As the refugee population continues to increase in the world, the EU needs to take a global approach to migration based on the principle of solidarity between states. The European Parliament and Civil Liberties committee in particular, will be watching every step of the way to ensure that this deal observes international law and if it does not we will call it out”.

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Cardinal Tagle to see Syria refugee crisis on visit to Lebanon for Caritas

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 28 febbraio 2016

turchia-ist3Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila will see how Caritas is helping refugees from Syria and Iraq on a visit to Lebanon 28 February to 2 March.In Syria’s neighbours, Caritas Jordan, Caritas Lebanon and Caritas Turkey continue to support refugees. They now number nearly 5 million people.Lebanon hosts over a million Syrians, putting enormous strain on a country of barely 4 million people. The European Union in comparison, with more than 500 million people, regards the arrival last year of a million migrants and refugees as a major emergency.
Caritas provides fuel, stoves, cash assistance, bedding, vouchers for food and other aid items, warm clothing for winter, free medical treatment, legal advice, protection and counselling. Caritas prioritises support to education as an entire generation of Syrian children risks losing their schooling. Caritas Lebanon also serves Iraqi refugees fleeing persecution.Cardinal Tagle is the president of Caritas Internationalis, which is coordinating relief efforts for the confederation of Catholic aid agencies. Caritas Internationalis is campaign for an end to the war in Syria as part of its Peace is Possible Campaign. Cardinal Tagle will also meet with migrant workers, including those from the Philippines, who have been abused by their employees and are being helped by Caritas Lebanon with legal aid, shelter, medical support and counselling.

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BUDG MEPs warn about loss of democratic control in refugee aid setup

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 febbraio 2016

turchia-ist3Budgets Committee MEPs welcomed plans for the 3 billion Euro Refugee Facility for Turkey but voiced serious doubts about the proliferation of ad hoc instruments outside the EU budget and concerns whether the member states deliver on their commitments during a discussion with the Commission on the mid-term review of the EU long term spending plan (MFF) which, they believe, is under serious pressure amid the influx of the refugees and migrants to the EU and the geopolitical situation.Isabelle Thomas (S&D, FR), the co-rapporteur for the EP’s input for the revision of the multiannual financial framework 2014-2020 (MFF) underlined that MFF headings 3 and 4 corresponding to the expenses in the areas of border protection, immigration and asylum policy and the EU “foreign policy” respectively were hit the hardest and needed a radical overhaul. She was concerned about the 2 EU Trust Funds (for Africa, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Turkey) as various ad hoc instruments including funds from both the EU member states and the EU Budget could limit financing of those already envisaged in the agreed EU budget such as development or neighbourhood instruments. “One gets the impression that the EU Budget is being eroded and totally escapes democratic scrutiny by the European Parliament (…) we are losing rational budgetary approach”, she added.Jean Arthuis (EPP, FR), the BUDG Committee Chair stressed that the citizens currently cannot understand the complicated funding procedures. He insisted on the MFF revision and putting more money in it instead of creating satellite instruments outside the EU budget. “We should have budgetary unity and an eligible, comprehensible budget”, he said.The Commission representatives insisted that using the Trust Funds bring clear benefits. They can be used for mobilisation of funds outside the budget such as the contributions from the member states and possibly from the third countries like Switzerland, pooling the resources and better coordination of the urgent actions. They are also subject to the discharge procedure and the evaluation by the end of 2019.

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Turkey: more needs to be done for refugees living outside camps, Civil Liberties MEPs say

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 11 febbraio 2016

turchia-ist3The efforts of the Turkish government to care for the high number of Syrian refugees living in refugee camps in the country must be recognised, members of the Civil Liberties Committee visiting Turkey said on Wednesday. But they also stressed that the situation for refugees outside the camps is precarious and that more needs to be done to ensure health, food, education and employment.The seven-MEP strong delegation led by European Parliament vice-president Sylvie Guillaume (S&D, FR) on Tuesday visited a refugee camp in Nizip, close to the Syrian border, as well as families living outside the camps. They also met with representatives of local authorities, UN organisations, international NGOs and others to get a full picture of the situation of refugees.
High standard in Turkish camps, but more must be done for refugees outside. MEPs praised the commitment of the Turkish government and its efforts to provide shelter, food, healthcare and education in the refugee camps, in particular the container ones. However, they also stressed that only around 10% of the refugees live in the camps and that more urgent efforts are needed for the other, more than 2.5 million refugees in Turkey.”There is a very clear difference between the conditions for those in the container camps and those who live out-of-camp. The situation for refugees outside the camps is highly precarious and they are in urgent need of help, especially in terms of schooling and employment opportunities”, Sylvie Guillaume (S&D, FR) said.”We have seen a lot of children in the camps and taking into account that this is going to be a long-standing conflict, more efforts should be made in schooling and integrating those children, who clearly have a need, but also hopes for a proper and decent future”, Peter Niedermüller (S&D, HU) added.Nathalie Griesbeck (ALDE, FR) said: “Having seen first-hand how a large number of Syrian refugees live outside the camps, it is clear that the 3bn euros need to be targeted so that the money actually goes as close as possible to these refugees “.
Tanja Fajon (S&D, SI) also stressed the urgency of the situation: “We need a large-scale resettlement of Syrian refugees from Turkey, closer cooperation between Greece and Turkey instead of new walls and fences in the Southern Balkans. It would save lives”.
MEPs also sought information on the tens of thousands of refugees currently gathering at the Syrian-Turkish border and seeking to escape the bombardments in Aleppo.”I welcome that the border with Syria is being opened and call on Turkey to let in the people fleeing the hell of Aleppo”, said Anna Maria Corazza Bildt (EPP, SE). “The EU also has to do more to support Turkey in receiving refugees. The EU funds must be agreed and disbursed fast and the UN and NGOs must be fully funded”.Jozsef Nagy (EPP, SK) said: “Turkey has to guard its borders, but also has to let in refugees. The EU should assist them with this to help the refugees stay as close as possible to their home countries”. “A lot could be done for significant numbers of refugees close to their homes if the international community gave a little more than comforting words. Turkey’s own capacities are not endless”, warned Frank Engel (EPP, LU).

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Turkey and Russia: a slow-fuse time bomb in the Middle East

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 6 gennaio 2016

erdoganBy Charles Millon GIS Expert. The war for public opinion over the Middle East is heating up between Moscow and Ankara. Since Turkey shot down a Russian warplane on its border with Syria in late November, the recriminations have been flying. Each of these powers is accusing the other of playing Daesh’s game, one by supporting the moderate opposition, the other by propping up Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Both continue to ratchet up tensions, magnifying the risk of a direct conflict. A seemingly inevitable clash between Saudi Arabia and Iran will further complicate the situation.
Antalya, Nov. 16, 2015: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan presented personalized commemorative stamps to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin at the most recent G20-Turkey Summit, just eight days before a Turkish F-16 downed a Russian SU-24 bomber (source: dpa)Russia has accused Turkey of supporting Daesh, also known as Islamic State, through clandestine purchases of oil from the group. It has even gone so far as to claim that the son of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is involved. On the other hand, Turkey is denouncing what it calls the “ethnic cleansing” that it claims Russia is committing through its bombing campaign in the northern areas of Syria, where a significant Sunni Turkmen population is located.Though increasingly at odds with each other, Turkey and Russia are peas in a pod – perhaps fueling their mutual hatred. Apart from being the surviving rumps of former empires, they both have elected strongmen as leaders. President Erdogan has been in power for 12 years and Russian President Vladimir Putin for 15; both have alternated serving as prime minister and president. These are two nations with an appetite for power and a desire to reclaim a leading role in international affairs – and they are jousting with each other. Though increasingly at odds with each other, Turkey and Russia are peas in a pod – perhaps fueling their mutual hatred. Apart from being the surviving rumps of former empires, they both have elected strongmen as leadersBoth countries live in a kind of permanent state of war, threatened internally by ethnic minorities or religious dissidents, such as the Kurds in Turkey or the Central Asian Muslims in Russia. They both suffer from a sizable discrepancy between their external ambitions and their domestic economies, which are fragile and sometimes shaky.That both countries have become embroiled in the Middle Eastern conflict stretching from Syria to Iran bodes ill – particularly when they end up nose to nose, with no buffer between them. As a NATO member, Turkey has followed the West’s official line for a long time and has enjoyed special protection by the United States. Russia, of course, sees the U.S. and NATO as threats.Russia is hitting out against all forms of opposition to the Assad regime, including Islamic radicals in Daesh and the al-Nusra Front, but also other groups, be they ethnic, religious or democratic (source: macpixxel for GIS) zoom. Russia is hitting out against all forms of opposition to the Assad regime, including Islamic radicals in Daesh and the al-Nusra Front, but also other groups, be they ethnic, religious or democratic (source: macpixxel for GIS)
syriaRussia and Turkey are both situated on the edge of Europe, which constitutes for them both a threat and a potential partner. Turkey has been knocking in vain at the door of the European Union for many years. Russia, on the contrary, and even more so since the Ukrainian crisis, has worked to undermine and counter the large internal market that Brussels wants to build.The countries stand in contrast to Europe, both close to and distant from it, but very similar to each other. Turkey has NATO membership in its favor, but Russia has the advantage of being a Christian nation. Now they are competing on two fronts – in relation to the West and in relation to the Middle East – making their rivalry even more dangerous.
What distinguishes Russia and Turkey from the U.S. and Europe is that neither claims to be fighting for anything other than their own medium-term interests. Proof of this can be found in the zone in northern Syria where Turkey has been openly attempting to create a bridgehead under its own control for the past two years. This is the same area in which the Russian plane was shot down by Turkish fighters, and which Mr. Putin is now happily bombing – ruining Mr. Erdogan’s efforts to entrench himself in President Assad’s country.For its part, Russia is protecting its military bases, as well as its access to the Mediterranean and other warm seas. This is a long-term obsession that has already led to five wars between the two powers since the early 19th century. Whoever holds Istanbul controls the Bosporus and the Dardanelles.Russia holds the advantage locally because it has powerful allies in the region – especially Iran and, increasingly, Israel, which is conducting a spectacular reshuffling in its alliances. Turkey remains relatively isolated. Its trump card is the U.S., a powerful protector that is not about to give up on a strategic ally, even if it is being frogmarched into Islamification. The most likely outcome of Russia’s and Turkey’s regional interventions will be more instability and extremism, both at home and abroad. For the Middle East – the arena for this low intensity military sparring – this means more collateral damage. As the rubble piles up, the absence of the U.S. and Europe will become even more conspicuous. (abstract)
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G20 – all climate targets in, but large Emissions Gap remains

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 15 novembre 2015

climateAhead of the G20 Summit in Turkey on Sunday The Climate Action Tracker has looked at the climate action (INDCs, or “Intended Nationally Determined Contributions”) by all the member G20 countries, and calculates that, together, compared to a baseline level of emissions (the CAT’s ‘current policies pathways’), the INDCs contribute to bringing the G20 closer to its 2°C-consistent emissions level by only 8% and 15% in 2025 and 2030. The earlier G20 2020 pledges only bring them 6% of the way. Taken together, the CAT finds that the aggregate G20 emissions gap for the period 2020-2030 is actually larger than the global emissions gap. This is because, under a variety of effort-sharing methodologies, many non G20 countries will be allowed emissions increases. A political commitment from the G20 to increase its climate action as a group would have a disproportionate positive benefit on closing the emission gap.
omments from CAT: “The G20, which constitutes more than 80 percent of global emissions, and is responsible for an enormous emissions gap – even bigger than the global gap under collective effort-sharing. This weekend the G20 has an opportunity – and responsibility – to collectively act to close this gap,” said Dr Niklas Höhne, NewClimate Institute. “Without strong climate action by the G20, there is little the most vulnerable countries on the planet can do to stop the avalanche of very severe climate impacts heading toward them. To have any chance of holding warming to 1.5 or 2degC, the G20 as whole needs to lift its game on emission reductions” said Bill Hare, Climate Analytics. (foto: climate)

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Turkey seeking international partners to reach $25 billion target of defence exports

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 21 luglio 2015

turchia-ist3Given the recent rise of international terrorism and insurgencies across the globe, the need for militaries and armed forces worldwide to invest in modern defence equipment has never been greater.Turkey is looking for co-production and technology transfer agreements with international partners to reach its target of $25 billion in defence exports by 2023.Over the past two decades, the Turkish defence industry has undergone dedicated efforts to create advanced and modern defence infrastructure, fulfilling the requirements of the Turkish Armed Forces and creating vast opportunities for militaries and defence companies worldwide.The upcoming Turkey Defence Week 2015, hosted by IRN on 10-12 November in Ankara, Turkey, will include three exclusive technical streams exploring land, naval and airborne capabilities to assess the latest developments and opportunities within battle tanks, artillery, torpedoes, submarines, fighter jets, combat UAVs, missile defence systems, electronic warfare, satellite avionics, attack helicopters, and more.The senior level conference and exhibition represents a very unique networking opportunity for defence companies wishing to increase their sales in the Turkish market, as well as for militaries seeking improvements to their army capabilities. 200 delegates are expected to gather in Ankara for the meeting to benefit from a number of panel discussions on the challenges and solutions on key topics currently surrounding the international defence industry.The forum will also include a pre-conference Workshop day to help delegates understand the principle of the Industrial Participation/Offsets (IP/O) guidelines and essentials to take part in defence projects in Turkey.

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Friend of the Sea sponsors

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 23 febbraio 2014

veneziaVenice monk seal conservation project. Friend of the Sea has made an important donation to LIPU (Italian major birds’ conservation organization). The donation will support a project for the protection and conservation of habitats in the Venice Lagoon which hosts monk seal and marine birds.Monk seals are normally found in other areas of the Mediterranean Sea, mainly in Turkey, Greece, and Croatia, but last summer a specimen unexpectedly appeared in the Lagoon after been sighted on the southernmost point of Istria peninsula.The Mediterranean monk seal used to be widespread throughout the Mediterranean Sea, but in 20th Century it was brought to the brink of extinction by habitat changes and fishermen.The LIPU project aims at assessing monk seal populations and movements in the Northern Adriatic, and how they can be better protected. An awareness campaign is also carried out to locals and tourists.“Friend of the Sea has helped over the years several projects to protect endangered species, such as albatross and boto dolphins in the Amazon river.” Explains Paolo Bray, Director of Friend of the Sea. “The certified products this way carry an added value as they contribute to these conservation projects through Friend of the Sea.”

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Parliament calls for humanitarian conference on Syrian refugee crisis

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 12 ottobre 2013

The EU should convene a humanitarian conference aimed at helping Syria’s neighbouring countries to cope with the still-growing influx of refugees, said the European Parliament in a resolution passed on Wednesday. MEPs urged the EU to go on providing humanitarian aid and support to refugees and to guarantee them safe entry and access to fair asylum procedures in the EU.The humanitarian conference on the Syrian refugee crisis should explore ways to help refugee host countries in the region (in particular Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq) to cope with still-growing refugee populations and to keep their borders open to all Syrian refugees, MEPs say. Thousands of Syrians flee to neighbouring countries every day. The UN forecasts that 3.5 million refugees will have left Syria by the end of 2013.Besides humanitarian aid, the conference should also focus on strengthening the EU’s role and involvement in diplomatic efforts to help end the conflict in Syria, adds the text.Speaking for the European Commission in the debate, Commissioner Barnier agreed to the organisation of such a conference.
Parliament calls on the EU, as the largest humanitarian aid donor in the Syrian crisis, to “continue its generous funding” to meet the needs of the Syrian people.Member states should explore all existing EU laws and procedures to provide a safe entry into the EU to temporarily admit Syrians fleeing their country, says Parliament, welcoming the general consensus among EU member states that Syrian nationals should not be returned.Refugees should have “access to fair and efficient asylum procedures” in the EU, say MEPs, who also reiterate the need for more solidarity among member states with those facing particular pressure to receive refugees.Parliament points out that “member states are required to come to the assistance of migrants at sea”, and calls on those which have failed to abide by their international obligations to stop turning back boats with migrants on board.EU countries are encouraged to make full use of money to be made available from the Asylum and Migration Fund and the Preparatory Action to “Enable the resettlement of refugees during emergency situations”.The resolution encourages EU countries “to address acute needs through resettlement”, in addition to existing national quotas and through humanitarian admission.The possible influx of refugees into EU member states requires “responsible measures“, say MEPs, who call on them and the EU Commission to work on contingency planning, including the possibility of applying the Temporary Protection Directive, “if and when conditions demand it”.Under this 2001 directive, which so far has never been triggered, refugees would be granted a residence permit for the entire duration of the protection period, as well as access to employment and accommodation.

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