New EU-Turkish deal to send back irregular migrants to Turkey from Sunday

Refugees and migrants arriving in Greece from Sunday will be returned to Turkey in deal to ‘re-energise’ talks on its EU membership. (The Guardian)

The EU also agreed to accelerate disbursement of 3 billion euros already pledged in support for refugees in Turkey and to provide more funds once Ankara came up with a list of projects that qualified for EU assistance. (Reuters)

EU and Turkey have also agreed to open an additional “chapter” in Turkey’s blocked EU accession talks, a sources told to PoliticoEurope. The chapter in question is not one of those blocked by EU-member Cyprus.

Turkey and the EU also agreed to continue stepping up measures against migrant smugglers and welcomed the establishment of the NATO activity on the Aegean Sea. (Ekathimerini)