The Turkey-EU Summit will be held on Monday under the leadership of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, European Council President Donald Tusk and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Varna, Bulgaria.
Ankara expects from the EU updates on the Customs Union agreement, visa liberalization, acceleration of financial assistance to Syria and concrete steps to combat terrorism.
Turkey wants the EU to show a more constructive attitude for the “trust facility”. Brussels states considering the differences between the two sides, the summit will not be “easy”, and it aims to “strengthen the relations”.
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov will host the summit as Chairman of the EU Council.
The summit will start at 19.00 p.m. local time (GMT18.00) and is set to last at least two hours. After the meeting a joint news conference will be held.
During the summit, the matters relating to Turkey-EU relations, economy, trade, security, counter-terrorism, foreign policy, Palestine, the Balkans, Syria, Rakhine state, Iraq, Libya and regional issues will be discussed.
On May 25, 2017, Erdogan met EU leaders Tusk and Juncker in Brussels.
The first summit of the leaders was held in October 2015. This summit will be the fourth leaders meeting between the two sides.