The regional development funds of the European Union (EU) destined for Western Thrace do not reach their destinations in their fully extent. Particularly, with regard to the funds received for the development of infrastructure, double standards are applied.
Thus, the Turkish minority of Western Thrace and residential areas with high Turkish population do not profit sufficiently from the regional development funds granted by the EU for Western Thrace.
Especially the residential areas and municipalities with high Turkish population suffer serious privations of infrastructure. Only a few Turkish municipalities have a sewage system.
The roads in the villages are mostly gravel or dirt roads, and are needed to be asphalted.
Althoug there is urgent need for new bridges, construction of these is hindered due to conflicts between authorities. The lack of bridges leads to over and over again the closing of some roads to traffic when it rains.