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Parliamentary questions
14 September 2018
E-002030/2018
Answer given by Vice-President Mogherini on behalf of the European Commission

The Commission has expressed its concerns regarding the arrests and subsequent deportation of six Turkish nationals legally residing in Kosovo*(1), without having respected the due process of law. While it understands the need for Turkey to bring the culprits of the coup attempt of 15 July 2016 to justice, any alleged wrongdoing or crime should be subject to due process and well established international norms when seeking extradition.

The right of every individual to a fair trial needs to be fully respected. As a European Union candidate country and a member of the Council of Europe, Turkey has subscribed to these principles.

The Commission has no specific knowledge of possible abductions of Turkish citizens from EU Member States. The rule of law is a fundamental principal of the European Union and its Member States.

The financial envelope allocated to Turkey for 2018-2020 (Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance — IPA) has been reduced by EUR 759 million which corresponds to around 40% less than the initial indicative allocation due to the challenges related to the low absorption capacity and the high implementation backlog.

IPA assistance is also reoriented more towards areas of higher priority, in particular democracy, fundamental rights, civil society and participation in Union programmes.

(1)*This designation is without prejudice on status, and is in line with the UN Security Council Resolution 1244/1999 and the International Court of Justice Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.

Last updated: 14 September 2018Legal notice