EU Commission confirms Greek letter


The European Commission has confirmed it received a letter from Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias asking the EU’s executive arm to consider suspending the bloc’s customs union agreement with Turkey in response to Ankara’s violation of the agreement.

Speaking during a press briefing, a Commission spokesperson said Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi had received the letter. “We will duly analyze it,” she said.

Speaking to Kathimerini, the spokesperson said “the Commission is taking all available action to defend the EU’s trade interests, including with regard to these agreements.”

“To illustrate, the Commission launched a WTO case against Turkey with regard to localization measures in the pharmaceutical sector, the first time ever the EU has initiated proceedings against a candidate country,” she said.