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The presidential cabinet met under the chairmanship of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at 4:00 p.m.
The meeting in Beştepe lasted 3 hours and 20 minutes. Decisions made after the meeting, where issues on the country’s agenda, in particular the Corona virus vaccination program and the length of the holidays, are discussed.
Highlights of President Erdogan’s speech:
“Turkey is at the forefront of the countries which successfully lead the epidemic process in all its dimensions in the world. None of the negative anti-vaccine campaigns are based on scientific and rational information. We expect our support to reach 196 billion lire during the epidemic period. The amount of direct aid exceeded 150 billion lire. We expect this amount to reach 3.5% of our national income by the end of the year.
I call on all our fellow citizens, anyone over the age of 18, to protect themselves and their loved ones from this scourge by making their vaccination appointments as soon as possible.
We will not allow those who want to raise prices by exploiting the situation due to the epidemic and drought. As the world shrank, we closed the year 2020 growing. Industrial production is also experiencing positive developments. It is understood that we will close the whole year with a growth rate above the mid-term target of 5.8. The Turkish Grain Board will continue sales of feed raw materials such as barley and wheat, which were halted in June due to the harvest in July.
We will pay the pensions and vacation bonuses of our retirees before Eid al-Adha. An 8.45% increase in pensions. He will give the increased salary and bonuses before the holidays.