The European Parliament has approved a proposal by Greek MEP Nikos Androulakis to suspend funding for the Turkish government, Greek Reporter reports.

“We are suspending funding from the governments of Turkey, Azerbaijan and Belarus. “Because the necessary condition for receiving European funding is the protection of human rights, the rule of law and international law,” Androulakis said in a speech to parliament.

The amendment was proposed by Nikos Androulakis, an MEP for the Socialist and Democrats group of the EU Parliament and was voted in by the majority of the European parliamentarians.

It is noted that in the five-year period between 2014 and 2018 Turkey received a total of approximately €3.6 billion, a sum that dropped dramatically in 2019 and 2020 when Ankara received only €160 million.