Accession negotiations of Turkey to the EU suspended

Source : 112 Ukraine

Work on strengthening the Customs Union of Ankara and Brussels are being terminated
12:26, 27 June 2018


The accession negotiations of Turkey to the European Union are deadlocked, according to the stated conclusion following the results of the session of the European Union Council in Luxemburg on June 26.

The EU Council claimed that Turkey is a key partner of the EU and stressed the importance of the agreement concerning the refugees.

At the same time, the EU expressed concern about digression of Ankara from rule-of-law and the main human rights. Once again the EU condemned the coup attempt and the reaction of the government to it in Turkey in 2016.

Brussels sees no justification for decreasing independence of the Turkish judiciary, detention, and imprisonment of the state officials, politicians and journalists and the EU citizens.

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‘Turkey is furthering away from the EU. Therefore, the accession negotiations of Turkey to the European Union are deadlocked,’ reads the statement.

The EU Council stresses that in terms of the negotiation process the further opening or closing of sections is impossible. The work on strengthening the customs union of Turkey and the EU is not provided.

Yet the EU expressed its willingness to have a frank and open dialogue with Ankara.

Reportedly, the heads of the EU states and governments made a decision on the start of the accession negotiations of Turkey to the EU at the meeting in Brussels on December 17, 2004. The negotiations officially began on October 3, 2005. Turkey had to successfully conclude the negotiations with the European Commission on 33 out of 35 negotiation points. Two of them didn't need to be negotiated. After, the State Members should vote for providing Turkey the EU membership.

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After the attempt of the military coup, the European Parliament published the report on Turkey’s progress which came out to be the most failed over the last years. The EU condemned the Turkish government’s policy towards mass media and media representatives.

The European Parliament adopted a resolution on July 6, 2017. The resolution calls the EU to stop the accession negotiations of Turkey until the government makes amendments to the constitutional reform. A referendum was held on the Turkish constitutional reform in Apri, 2017, as a result of which the presidential power was expanded.

Early parliamentary and presidential elections took place on June 24, 2018.

Sadi Guven, the Head of the High Electoral Commission of Turkey claimed that Recep Erdogan gained an absolute majority of the votes cast at the early presidential elections.

The OSCE criticized the special elections due to the unequal conditions for the opposition parties during the campaign.

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