Written Question: EU-Turkey relations

(Source: European Parliament)

Date Submitted: 14 May 2021

Question for written answer  E-002630/2021

to the Commission

Rule 138

Jean-Paul Garraud (ID)

Subject: EU-Turkey relations

Relations between the EU and Turkey have been at a historic low for a number of years. Although Turkey is a candidate country for accession to the Union, it is on a path that is taking it ever further from Western values.

Aside from the geographical considerations which discount the possibility of Turkey becoming a European state, its refusal to reform means it falls woefully short of European and international standards.

At a time when the Union is looking to penalise its own Member States by making the allocation of EU funds conditional on respect for the rule of law, it is surprising that Turkey’s disregard for the same seems to have no real repercussions on accession proceedings.

The exploitation of migrants on Turkish soil to put pressure on Europe, repeated attacks on Greece, the refusal to recognise the Armenian Genocide, widespread political repression, the porous relationship between political Islam and the Turkish Government, and support for Islamist associations in Europe all provide yet more evidence that closer relations between Turkey and the EU are a pipe dream.

1. In the light of this, how long will it be before the Commission formally terminates accession negotiations?

2. What long-term migration strategy does the Commission intend to adopt with respect to Turkey?

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