Turkey

02 Aug: Forest fires: EU mobilises planes to support Turkey

(Source: European Commission)

On 1 August, Turkey, ravaged by unprecedented forest fires, activated the EU Civil Protection Mechansim. In an immediate response, the European Commission has already helped mobilise 1 Canadair plane from Croatia and 2 Canadairs from Spain. These firefighting aeroplanes are part of rescEU, the European reserve of civil protection assets.

Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič said: “The EU stands in full solidarity with Turkey at this very difficult time. I thank all the countries which have offered help. Our thoughts are with the Turkish people who have lost their loved ones and with the brave first responders who are …

12 Jul: Western Balkans and Turkey: Joint conclusions of the economic and financial dialogue of 12 July 2021

(Source: Council of the EU)

Representatives of the EU Member States, the Western Balkans and Turkey, the European Commission and the European Central Bank, as well as representatives of the central banks of the Western Balkans and Turkey[1] met for their annual economic policy dialogue[2]. The dialogue aims at preparing the Western Balkans and Turkey for their future participation in the European Semester.

The COVID-19 pandemic has confronted EU member states, the Western Balkans and Turkey with similar unprecedented major public health, economic and social challenges. Participants acknowledged the strong solidarity between the EU and the Western Balkans and Turkey, demonstrated …

09 Jul: Turkey: MEPs strongly condemn repression of opposition

(Source: European Parliament)

All political parties in Turkey must be able to freely and fully exercise their legitimate functionsDemocratically elected mayors have been removed from office and replaced by unelected trusteesEU Delegation to Turkey must observe trials and speak out against breaches of human rightsProgress in EU-Turkey relations also depends on situation of human rights and rule of law

Deep concern expressed by MEPs over constant attacks and pressure on Turkish opposition parties, in a resolution adopted on Thursday.

MEPs condemn the repression of opposition political parties, particularly the Peoples’ Democratic Party HDP, and urge the Turkish Government to ensure …

06 Jul: Turkey: Speech by High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell in the EP Plenary on the situation of the opposition

(Source: EEAS)

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Thank you President,

Now we jump from Nicaragua to Turkey. They are not the same thing, but this is also a timely opportunity to discuss the challenges that the opposition is facing in Turkey. But certainly, the situation in Turkey and in Nicaragua cannot be compared.

But it is our concern, the situation of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, the HDP, and the situation that it has been facing since 2016, with its co-leader [Selahattin] Demirtaş remaining in prison, despite two European Court of Human Rights rulings in favour of his release.

Certainly, we are concerned …

03 Jun: Political deal reached on seven-year funding for accession countries

(Source: European Parliament)

14.2 billion euro for EU-related reforms in the Western Balkans and TurkeySuspension of assistance in case of democratic backtrackingStronger political steer by Parliament

On Wednesday, Parliament and Council negotiators reached an agreement on the instrument governing the 2021-2027 funding for countries on the path to EU membership.

The co-legislators have agreed on the priorities, objectives and the governance of the modernised Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA III) financing. It will be worth 14.2 billion euro and will support the implementation of EU-related reforms in the seven partner countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, and Turkey.…

20 May: EU-Turkey relations are at a historic low point, say MEPs

(Source: European Parliament)

Backsliding on the rule of law and fundamental rightsTurkey pursues confrontational and hostile foreign policyMEPs encourage Turkey to recognise the Armenian Genocide

EU-Turkey relations have deteriorated to such an extent that the EU needs to profoundly reassess them, MEPs say in a report adopted on Wednesday.

In recent years, the Government of Turkey has distanced itself increasingly from EU values and standards. As a result, relations have been brought to a historic low point, warn MEPs, who are particularly concerned about the state of the rule of law and respect for fundamental rights.

In the report adopted …

12 May: AT A GLANCE : Turkey: 2019 and 2020 country reports

(Source: EU Parliament)

Turkey’s relations with the European Communities/Union date back to 1959, with milestones including the Ankara Association Agreement (1963) and Customs Union (1995). Turkey is a key strategic partner of the EU on issues such as migration, security, counter-terrorism and trade. However, following democratic backsliding, in June 2018 the Council of the EU decided to freeze accession negotiations. During its May 2021 plenary session, the European Parliament is due to debate a resolution on the Commission’s latest country reports on Turkey.

Full Report…

12 May: AT A GLANCE : Turkey: 2019 and 2020 country reports

(Source: EU Parliament)

Turkey’s relations with the European Communities/Union date back to 1959, with milestones including the Ankara Association Agreement (1963) and Customs Union (1995). Turkey is a key strategic partner of the EU on issues such as migration, security, counter-terrorism and trade. However, following democratic backsliding, in June 2018 the Council of the EU decided to freeze accession negotiations. During its May 2021 plenary session, the European Parliament is due to debate a resolution on the Commission’s latest country reports on Turkey.

Full Report…

06 May: The joker in the pack – EU’s foreign policy

Editor’s Blog: Produced in collaboration with the EU Buzz team 

Can the European Union be taken seriously when its foreign policy is being ridiculed across the globe? 

It is not just Europeans who are sharing jokes and images of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen as a belly dancer entertaining President Erdogan and European Council President Charles Michel, it is also global diplomats. Such protocol humiliations are becoming common place as the Union struggles to define a cohesive foreign policy which is not only endorsed by all 27 member states but which is also implemented at EU institutional level. …