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Commissioner Olivér Várhelyi’s press statement after visiting the Eastern Border, Van Türkiye

Thu, 10/27/2022 - 22:41

Thank you very much, Minister [ Süleyman Soylu, Minister of Interior], for taking me here.

Because not many people know that we are working together with Türkiye also here, at the border.

We appreciate very much all the efforts Türkiye is putting: hosting Syrian refugees and protecting its borders.

It is a common challenge.

A common challenge where we are contributing.

It is quite satisfying to see what a very advanced border protection system is at the border.

We are also contributing financially to continue to protect the border and to crack down on smugglers and organized crime groups who want to make use of illegal migrants.

This is why it is so important to see how the work is advancing.

Still, there are some developments to do; we are contributing to that.

But the parts that are in place seem to be functioning to quite a high standard.

Our message today to the Minister and Türkiye: you can continue to count on Europe as well as we want to count on you.