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Parliamentary questions
3 May 2018
E-000355/2018
Answer given by Mr Hahn on behalf of the Commission

As stated by the High Representative/Vice-President following the informal meeting of the 28 Foreign Ministers(1) on 28 April 2017, the accession process continues, it is not suspended, nor ended. However, as the President of the Commission said in his State of the Union speech(2) on 13 September 2017, accession candidates must give the rule of law, justice and fundamental rights utmost priority, which rules out EU membership for Turkey for the foreseeable future. Under the currently prevailing circumstances, no new chapters are considered for opening.

The criteria for accession negotiations are clear, especially in the field of human rights, rule of law, democracy and fundamental freedoms. These are core principles to which Turkey is bound as a candidate country to the European Union but also as a member of the Council of Europe. The Commission will continue to closely monitor developments in this regard and assess the situation in its annual report on Turkey published on 17 April 2018(3).

(1)https://eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-homepage/25302/remarks-high-representativevice-president-federica-mogherini-joint-press-conference-minister_en
(2)http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_SPEECH-17-3165_en.htm
(3)https://ec.europa.eu/neighbourhood-enlargement/sites/near/files/20180417-turkey-report.pdf

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