Many MEPs questioned the legal basis of the EU-Turkey agreement and its compliance with international law© EP 

The implementation of the EU-Turkey agreement on migration, its legal aspects and democratic control were debated by MEPs, First Vice-President of the Commission Frans Timmermans and Dutch Minister for Immigration Klaas Dijkhoff on Thursday morning. MEPs stressed that there must be no bargaining on visa liberalisation criteria.

Some groups underlined the necessity of the agreement and that it had been brought about by the inability of EU member states to take responsibility for the refugee crisis and act. Others were more critical, blaming the EU for trying to “outsource” its problems and voicing grave concerns about the situation of refugees, fundamental rights violations and lack of media freedom in Turkey.


Many also questioned the legal basis of the agreement and whether it complies with international law, in particular the Geneva Convention and the EU Charter on Fundamental Rights. Some threatened to bring the agreement before the European Court of Justice.


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Video Replays of statements by


Dutch Immigration Minister Klaas DIJKHOFF (Council Presidency)

Commission Vice-President Frans TIMMERMANS


Manfred WEBER (EPP, DE)

Gianni PITTELLA (S&D, IT)

Peter VAN DALEN (ECR, NL)

Sophie IN 'T VELD (ALDE, NL)

Marina ALBIOL GUZMÁN (GUE/NGL, ES)

Ska KELLER (Green/EFA, DE)

Fabio Massimo CASTALDO (EFDD, IT)

Edouard FERRAND (ENF, FR)


 

Note to editors

The EU-Turkey deal was also the topic of a plenary debate on 13 April in Strasbourg and of a debate in the Civil Liberties Committee on 7 April. On 21 April, the Civil Liberties Committee debated visa liberalisation for Turkey, also in the context of the migration deal.


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