MEP Kati Piri, in a draft report, calls on EU leaders to meet Turkey in a Summit to clarify their relationship

European Parliament Rapporter on Turkeys accession talks, will proposes to the EP a report that calls for the investigation of all irregularities of the recent referendum, and suggests EU member states met with Turkey as soon as possible in a Summit to discuss the obvious crisis in EU-Turkey relations that we are faced with, while suggests the freezing of pre-accession funds.

More specifically the draft “calls on the Commission to take into account the latest developments in Turkey when conducting the mid-term review of the IPA-funds in 2017 and to suspend all per-accession funds if Turkey no longer sufficiently complies with the EU’s Copenhagen criteria”.

The report says that the EP “regrets that the accession instruments have not been used to the fullest and that over the years Turkey’s full integration into the EU lost public support on both sides; remains committed to cooperate and maintain an open dialog with the Turkish government, in order to address common challenges; recommends the Council to urgently invite the Turkish government for a Summit to discuss the obvious crisis in EU-Turkey relations that we are faced with”.

Commenting on the referendum process and Turkeys conduct, the report “condemns strongly recent statements by President Erdogan, accusing some EU leaders of ‘Nazi practices’ and warns that the continuation of such unwarranted statements undermines Turkey’s credibility as a political partner; notes with concern the reports about alleged pressures on members of the Turkish diaspora living in Member States and condemns Turkish authorities surveillance of citizens with dual nationalities abroad; is concerned about the cancellation of a large number of passports, which leave people stateless”.

Kati Piri also notes that issue of the visa is important for the Turkish population and will enhance people to people contacts and therefore encourages the Turkish government “to comply with the last outstanding criteria, including revision of its anti-terrorism legislation”.

The report is also says that “measures taken under the state of emergency had large-scale, disproportionate, and long-lasting negative effects on the protection of fundamental freedoms in the country; condemns the collective dismissal of civil servants, the mass liquidation of media outlets, the arrests of journalists, academics, judges, human rights defenders, elected officials and ordinary citizens, the confiscation of property and passports on the basis of emergency decree laws without individualized decisions, and without the possibility of timely judicial review”.

Furthermore the report suggests an independent evaluation of all claims regarding irregularities and “notes the remarks of the Venice Commission on the constitutional reform and underlines that proposed constitutional amendments do not respect fundamental principles of the separation of powers and sufficient checks and balances, and are not in line with Copenhagen criteria”.

The report also strongly condemns the violations of freedom of expression and the serious infringements on media freedom, including the disproportionate bans of media sites and social media and “notes with concern the closure of around 170 media outlets – including almost all Kurdish language media outlets – and the jailing of more than 150 journalists”.

Finally the report suggests that the EU should be “concerned that judges and prosecutors continue to be under strong political pressure and that many were dismissed or arrested; calls on Turkey to restore and implement all legal guarantees to ensure full respect for the independence of the judiciary including amending the law on the High Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) in order to reduce the executive’s influence within the Council”.

Source: Cyprus News Agency