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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 250

New EP Turkey rapporteur: “New narrative for EU-Turkey relations needed”

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 25 gennaio 2020

“We need to keep the Turkish EU accession process on track”, said Parliament’s new rapporteur for Turkey, Nacho Sánchez Amor, following his first official visit to the country this week.Turkey is and should remain a candidate country, despite the current difficulties in EU-Turkey relations”, Mr Sánchez Amor said.
In meetings with government representatives, party leaders, mayors, parliamentarians and civil society representatives in Istanbul, Gaziantep and Ankara, the rapporteur emphasised the importance of close relations both for Turkey and the EU.
“We need to communicate more and better to overcome the current lack of trust between Turkey and the EU. Therefore, political dialogue should be revived at all levels. I am convinced that it is important to broaden our dialogue, for instance by strengthening the cooperation at local level between municipalities, universities, and other actors. We also need to further strengthen contacts at parliamentary level”, said Mr Sánchez Amor.In order to restore trust, it is important that both sides deliver on their commitments, the rapporteur stressed. “Turkey needs to come back to normality after the exceptional period resulting from the attempted coup of July 2016. I encourage Turkey to work with the EU on reforms to improve the rule of law, including the independence of the judiciary and the situation of fundamental rights, such as the freedom of expression and the media. On the other hand, the EU needs to maintain a credible accession perspective, based on an objective assessment of the conditions.”Nacho Sánchez Amor also met with several organisations and EU-funded projects assisting Syrian refugees in Gaziantep. “Turkey has been incredibly generous in hosting four million refugees. We owe gratitude to Turkish society, but also continuous support as long as the need is there.”

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