Turkish media is reporting that several organizations connected to AKP party members and President Erdoğan’s son Bilal have again received EU funding. According to the Veryansın TV report:
April 1, 2022: The Turkish National Agency, affiliated with the Directorate for EU Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, announced the results of the 2nd term European Union grant application. The institutions eligible for grants have been published in five lists from the “Erasmus Plus Youth Program” and three from the “European Solidarity Program.“Thus, it became clear which institution received how much EU grant in 2021. The largest recipients are foundations belonging to Bilal Erdoğan, son of President Tayyip Erdoğan. TÜGVA (Turkey Youth Foundation) received 477,193 EUR, TÜRGEV (Turkish Youth and Education Service Foundation) received 138,410, and the World Ethnosport Confederation received 206,612 Euros. A total of 822,215 EUR, or 13,155,440 TL at today’s exchange rate, was given to Erdogan’s foundations. [Translated by Google with edits]
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In January, GIOR reported on the last round of such EU funding distributed to Turkey, which funded many of the same organizations.
The Turkish Youth and Education Service Foundation (TÜRGEV), where Bilal Erdoğan is a senior manager, was founded in 1996 under President Erdoğan, then the Mayor of Istanbul. It provides dormitories, scholarships, and other programs to female students in Turkey. Its board also includes Erdoğan’s daughter, Esra Albayrak.
The Turkey Youth Foundation (TÜGVA), where Bilal Erdoğan is also a senior manager, describes itself as “a new-generation youth foundation founded to raise a generation that will always be on the side of justice, defending everything that is good and beautiful in the world.” The foundation manages dormitories, provides scholarships, and runs various education programs in Turkey and abroad. The foundation also organizes social activities around “values education” in religious and secondary schools.
The article also details Islamist-tied groups receiving EU funding. These include:
- The Divan Research and Education Association, whose VP, Ömer Faruk Kalaycı, has held several positions in the AKP.
- Mazlumder, where Kalaycı is also a member, is a human rights NGO also part of the Global Muslim Brotherhood in Turkey.
The article also notes that eight municipalities, seven under the AKP and one under AKP coalition partner the Nationalist Action Party, also received EU funding.