BRUSSELS (Sputnik) — Valenciano stressed that the scheme included a number of points of "huge concern," particularly the definition of Turkey as a safe country.
"The EU should immediately stop all transfers to Turkey until all legal and humanitarian safeguards are effectively guaranteed. How far will the EU go in its decision to put border security ahead of lives and rights?" Elena Valenciano, chair of the subcommittee, said in a statement.
In return, the European Union pledged to provide a total of 3 billion euros (over $3.3 billion) to Turkey to help it provide for the refugees there, with a further 3 billion-euro provision possible, as well promising to accelerate Ankara's EU accession bid and introduce a visa-free regime between Turkey and Europe.