Turkey to boost payments to Council of Europe

Turkey is to pay 34 million euros ($38.6 million) a year to the Council of Europe, the country’s Foreign Ministry announced on Wednesday.

The increase, from 13.6 million euros currently, is part of Turkey’s initiative to become one of the largest contributors to the human rights organisation.

“Our initiative started in January to be one of the biggest contributors to the Council of Europe, along with Germany, [the] United Kingdom, Italy, France and Russia,” the ministry said in a statement.

“Turkey’s attempt was approved on May 12, 2015, during a meeting of Council of Europe delegation committee.”

Turkey is currently the seventh largest contributor to the 47-state organisation, which safeguards the European Convention on Human Rights.

In January, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (above) said: “We are one of the founding members of this organisation, now we would like to be one of the grand payers”.

Daily Sabah

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