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Operation IRINI: inspection of a Turkish vessel

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 27 novembre 2020

The Operation EUNAVFOR MED IRINI inspected a Turkish-flagged merchant vessel in the Mediterranean. Given the pattern of navigation of this vessel, Operation IRINI had reasonable grounds to suspect that it could be acting in violation of the UN arms embargo.Prior to this action, as foreseen by the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2292 (2016), Operation IRINI had made good faith efforts to seek the consent of the flag State by giving the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs a 4 hour notice in line with the international maritime practice. Operation IRINI even agreed to extend this notice by an additional hour at the request of the Turkish Embassy in Rome, where Operation IRINI’s Headquarters are located. Having received no answer from Turkey after the elapsed time, Operation IRINI boarded the vessel and inspected it in accordance with internationally agreed procedures including NATO procedures. Operation IRINI’s boarding team acted with the highest degree of professionalism and no incident was registered throughout the action.The inspection was suspended later on, when Turkey formally and with delay notified Operation IRINI of its refusal to grant the permission to inspect the vessel. Until then, the inspection had found no evidence of illicit material on board and the vessel was cleared to pursue its route. Operation EUNAVFOR MED IRINI is mandated by the European Union to contribute to the implementation of the arms embargo on Libya in accordance with the UN Security Council Resolutions 2292 (2016) and 2526 (2020).These resolutions are binding for all UN Member States, including the Republic of Turkey. Furthermore, UN Security Council Resolution 2292 (2016) calls upon all flag States to cooperate with inspections. Operation IRINI is a concrete contribution to international efforts to help to end the conflict in Libya. It has demonstrated its ability to monitor arms embargo violations on both sides of the conflict in Libya, and it reports accordingly to the UN Sanctions Committee.We are currently at a crucial juncture for Libya’s future and the implementation of the Berlin Process. Operation IRINI’s mandate is more important today than ever to ensure the viability of the 23 October ceasefire agreement and the return to peace and stability in Libya.

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Eastern Mediterranean tensions: debate with Greek and Turkish ministers

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 9 settembre 2020

Bruxelles European Parliament in Brussels, József Antall building (rooms 4Q1 and 4Q2) & remote participation.Later the same day, Members will also be joined by Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu (via video link) for another debate at 17.45 CET. Foreign Affairs MEPs will discuss the tensions between Greece and Turkey in the Mediterranean Sea with the Greek European Affairs Minister and the Turkish Foreign Minister, on Thursday.For the past weeks, tensions are mounting over Turkey’s increased and disputed gas exploration activities in the Eastern Mediterranean, which EU member states Greece and Cyprus say violates their continental shelves and territorial waters. Both sides have also deployed warships to the area in a show of strength, prompting fears that the standoff might spill over into a direct military conflict.
MEPs and Greek European Affairs Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis are expected to discuss these issues and the latest developments during a meeting of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday, 10 September, at 10.00 CET. You can watch the meeting live here.

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Investigate alleged pushbacks of asylum-seekers at the Greek-Turkish border, MEPs demand

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 8 luglio 2020

Greek and EU authorities must investigate recurrent reports of violent pushbacks at the border with Turkey, which if true would mean Greece is not ensuring the right to asylum.On Monday, MEPs in the Civil Liberties Committee asked the Greek Government to clarify their position regarding several media and academic reports which indicate that the country’s police and border guards systematically prevent migrants from entering Greece, using violence and even shooting at them, both at the land and sea borders.Greek Ministers for Citizen Protection, Michalis Chrisochoidis, and for Migration and Asylum, Notis Mitarachi, dismissed the accusations, describing them as “fake news”, and underlined the key role that Greece plays in “keeping EU borders safe, always respecting fundamental rights”. They also warned that a repetition of the events that took place in March, when President Erdoğan announced that he was opening the Turkish borders, cannot be ruled out.A majority of MEPs called on the European Commission to make sure the Greek authorities comply with EU legislation on asylum, urging it to condemn the use of violence and impose sanctions if the breaches are confirmed. Commissioner Ylva Johansson agreed that allegations of violence against asylum-seekers must be investigated, not only in Greece, but all across the EU. “We cannot protect our borders by violating people’s rights”, she said.Some MEPs commended Greece for guarding the EU’s borders from Turkey. Commissioner Johansson also pointed to the progress made in the last few months and stressed that, despite a very challenging situation, the Greek authorities have avoided the spread of COVID-19 within the refugee camps.

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Migrants and refugees at the Greek-Turkish border: debate this afternoon

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 10 marzo 2020

MEPs will assess the situation at the Greek border with Turkey on Tuesday from around 16.30, with Commissioner Johansson and the Croatian Presidency.Since the beginning of March, thousands of people have been attempting to cross the Greek-Turkish border by land and sea, after President Erdoğan announced his country would no longer stop them doing so, as it has been since 2016 in exchange for EU financial aid.MEPs will assess the impact of Ankara’s move on the relations between the EU and Turkey, the actions by the Greek police towards migrants and refugees as well as the Greek government’s decision not to accept any asylum applications for a month, among other issues. President Erdoğan visited Brussels on Monday, where he met with EC President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel to discuss the latest developments at the border of his country with Greece.

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Will an attack on Turkish troops in Syria change the course of the war?

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 2 marzo 2020

Istanbul. IT HAD BEEN decades since Turkey suffered such heavy losses in a single day of battle, let alone a single attack. The air strike that killed at least 33 Turkish soldiers in Syria’s Idlib province on February 27th risks escalating a messy civil war that has already taken hundreds of thousands of lives, created millions of refugees and dragged in foreign powers. Fears are now growing of a direct conflict between Russia, which supports the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria, and Turkey, which supports the rebels fighting it.Turkey blamed Mr Assad’s forces for the air strike, even though Russian jets have been much more active in the area. Russia denied responsibility, but suggested that Turkey may have invited the attack by placing its troops alongside Syrian rebels and not informing Russia of their location. Just hours after the strike Russia sent two warships armed with cruise missiles to the eastern Mediterranean. The warships sailed through the Bosphorus, which bisects Istanbul, Turkey’s biggest city. (font: The Economist)

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Visa-free access for Turkish nationals proposal under scrutiny

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 10 maggio 2016

Should turchia-ist3 nationals be exempted from EU visa requirements for entry to the Schengen area by June 2016? On Monday evening Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee MEPs and EU Commission officials will debate whether the visa waiver proposed by the Commission on 4 May should be granted to Turkey, even though it has yet to meet certain EU conditions. The waiver cannot take effect without Parliament’s assent.As part of the EU-Turkey deal reached on 18 March to manage migration and refugee flows better, EU leaders offered to accelerate visa liberalisation for Turkey, provided that all EU benchmarks are met. Parliament will have to decide on an equal footing with the Council on the visa exemption under the codecision procedure.
In its third progress report, presented on 4 May, the Commission acknowledged that Ankara had yet to comply with five requirements, out of 72, regarding data protection and antiterrorist laws, among other issues.Following the Commission´s announcement, the European Parliament Conference of Presidents (EP President and political group leaders) made clear that the proposal will be dealt with only after all the benchmarks have been fulfilled. Until this is fully the case, and until the Commission provides the Parliament with a written guarantee that it is the case, thorough work should continue but no referral to committee can take place. Before the debate on visa liberalisation, civil liberties MEPs will be presented with the opinion of the Parliament´s legal service on the legal aspects of the EU-Turkey deal on migration. Since the agreement was concluded, on 18 March, MEPs have voiced concerns regarding its compatibility with EU and international law.

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Civil Liberties MEPs stress that Turkey must fulfil all criteria to get visa-free travel to the EU

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 25 aprile 2016

Recent ESI presentations on refugees1Turkey must fulfil all requirements established by the EU in order to be granted visa-free access to the Schengen area, stressed Civil Liberties MEPs during a debate on Thursday about the progress made by Ankara in its visa liberalisation roadmap.A majority of MEPs opposed the possibility of relaxing the criteria and called on the Commission to verify with care the Turkish compliance.
As part of the EU-Turkey deal reached on 18 March to better manage migration and refugee flows, EU leaders offered Turkey to accelerate the visa liberalisation, with a view to grant Turkish citizens visa-free travel by June 2016, provided that all benchmarks are met.The next progress report assessing the situation will be presented on 4 May. Once the Commission adopts a legislative proposal to exempt Turkey of visa requirements, the Parliament will have to decide together with the Council under the codecision procedure.

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World Jewish Congress leader calls Turkish Deputy PM’s remarks on Jewish conspiracy ‘despicable’

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 2 luglio 2013

NEW YORK – Ronald S. Lauder, the president of the World Jewish Congress (WJC), today harshly criticized statements made by Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Beşir Atalay who on Monday had blamed a conspiracy of the foreign media and the Jewish Diaspora for the recent mass protests against the government in Turkey. Lauder said: “It is shocking to hear from a senior Turkish government minister such despicable and totally baseless slurs. Mr. Atalay should have the decency to apologize. His remarks are an insult not only to the Jewish people but also to the many Turkish citizens who took part in the protests and who have real grievances.”
Beşir Atalay was quoted by the newspaper Hürriyet as saying: “There are some circles that are jealous of Turkey’s growth. They are all uniting, on one side the Jewish Diaspora. You saw the foreign media’s attitude during the Gezi Park incidents; they bought it and started broadcasting immediately, without doing an evaluation.” Atalay also said that the international media had played a key role in what he termed “the conspiracy” but added that “the ones trying to block the way of great Turkey” would not succeed.Earlier this month, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan indirectly suggested that Israel was provoking the mass protests against his government.Ronald S. Lauder added: “I am convinced that the people of Turkey are not going to be misled by these delusory statements from their leaders. This is a Turkish issue that will be resolved, hopefully democratically and peacefully, within Turkey. And Mr. Atalay should not forget that famous maxim: ‘When you are pointing your finger at someone, three fingers are pointing back at you.’ Let’s hope the Turkish government will heed that lesson.”
The World Jewish Congress (WJC) is the international organization representing Jewish communities in 100 countries to governments, parliaments and international organizations.

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Turkish Automotive Industry

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 11 ottobre 2011

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London. A gross domestic product (GDP) growth of over 7 per cent, rising incomes and an unsaturated domestic demand with just 110 cars per 1,000 people have considerably amplified the demand for light vehicles in Turkey. The production of the Chery, as well as the increase in the production capacity of the Hyundai i20 and Ford Transit models are expected to be notable production developments in the next five years. New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (, CEO 360 Degree Perspective of the Automotive Industry in Turkey, finds that there will be about 30 megacities with a population above 10 million by 2025. Nearly 55 per cent of the world’s population will be living in the top 20 cities identified by Frost & Sullivan. Istanbul with over 13 million people is one of the megacities posing mobility challenges and offering opportunities for new mobility models. With a population of over 4 million Ankara and Izmir are defined as super cities and another 9 emerging cities will further nourish the need for new mobility models. Frost & Sullivan also identified three mega corridors; Marmara, Aegeon and Cukurova which will witness heavy truck movement and demand new dealership and service networks.The Turkish production industry is entirely focused on exports to Europe and the United States, with Europe alone accounting for 65 per cent of the exports. However, Turkey will have to find other export markets in the Middle East and Northern Africa to reduce its dependence on the volatile Western European automotive market.
One of the biggest challenges for automotive manufacturers is the heavy tax on passenger cars. The special consumption tax (SCT), which is levied on luxury goods, is also applied to passenger cars. This tax increases the price of cars with an engine capacity higher than 1600 cc by more than 60 per cent. Additional value-added tax (VAT), applied at 18 per cent above the SCT, raises the price by more than 80 per cent for cars with an engine capacity greater than 1600 cc. As fuel prices in the country are already among the highest in the world, most consumers find the cost of owning a vehicle prohibitive. The SCT is a major source of revenue for the government, as it covers the import revenue losses after the Customs Union Agreement in 2009. However, these taxes impede automotive sales, which would otherwise foster the growth of the Turkish economy.
Frost & Sullivan will hold a complimentary web conference, entitled Growth Opportunities in Turkish Passenger and Electric Vehicle Market, taking place on Wednesday, 2nd November 2011, at 3 p.m. BST. Programme Manager, Mohamed Mubarak, together with Research Manager, Melih Nalcioglu, will introduce opportunities in the Turkish light and electric vehicle market.
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