Draft amending budget No 5 to the general budget for 2018: Cancellation of the reserve related to the support to Turkey from the Instrument for PreAccession (IPA II), reinforcement of the European Neirbourhood Instrument (ENI) and of the Humanitarian Aid for orther urgent actions and modification of the establishment plan of the Innovation & Networks Executive Agency (INEA) in the context of the WiFi4EU initiative
1. Draft Amending Budget (DAB) 5 proposes the to cancel €70.0mn (£62.5mn ) in commitment appropriations (CA) and €35.0mn (£31.2mn) in payment appropriations (PA) in relation to support for Turkey through the Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA II) and reallocate to other external action priority areas.
2. These funds had previously been placed in budgetary reserve, for release “when Turkey made sufficient improvements in the fields of rule of law, democracy, human rights and press freedom, according to the annual report of the Commission”. This was a condition set by the European Parliament and Council. The Commission describes the latest progress report on Turkey as unequivocal in its findings that there have been no measurable improvements in these areas. As such, Commission proposes the cancellation of the reserve and to instead increase funds to the European Neighbourhood instrument (ENI) and Humanitarian Aid.