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See also joint motion for a resolution RC-B6-0484/2005
21 September 2005
PE 361.907v01-00
to wind up the debate on statements by the Council and Commission
pursuant to Rule 103(2) of the Rules of Procedure
by Andrew Duff
on behalf of the ALDE Group
on the opening of negotiations with Turkey

European Parliament resolution on the opening of negotiations with Turkey 

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to its report on Turkey’s progress towards accession, adopted on 15 December 2004,

–  having regard to the conclusions of the European Council in December 2004, which decided to start accession negotiations with Turkey on 3 October 2005,

–  having regard to the negotiation framework presented by the Commission in June 2005, and its proposal for Civil Society Dialogue between the EU and candidate countries,

–  having regard to the signing of the protocol to the EU-Turkey Association Agreement on 29 July 2005, which extends the customs union to the new Member States,

–  having regard to the additional declaration adopted by Turkey in connection with signing the protocol, and the reaction of the Council to that declaration,

–  having regard to Rule 103(2) of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas the European Union must abide by previous commitments, notably from the December 2004 European Council and from the Helsinki European Council in 1999,

B.  whereas the negotiations aim at full membership in the European Union, but are open‑ended as to whether this objective will be reached or not, as in previous accession negotiations,

C.  whereas the quest for joining the European Union demands fundamental political and economic reforms in the candidate states and a readiness for pooled and shared sovereignty over major policy fields,

1.  Reiterates its support for starting accession negotiations as foreseen on 3 October, but points out that the negotiations are open-ended, and underlines that this should serve as a further incentive for Turkey to adopt and implement the necessary reforms;

2.  Welcomes the adoption of the six legislative reform packages, but underlines that the practical implications of certain provisions in the penal code still remain open; is concerned about the recent indictment of the writer Orhan Pamuk, which is against the letter and the spirit of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and Turkey’s commitments as a member of the Council of Europe;

3.  Welcomes the signing on 29 July of the so-called Ankara Protocol, which extends the Association Agreement between the EU and Turkey to the new Member States, underlines that Turkey is obliged to extend the customs union to all Member States, including the Republic of Cyprus, consequently regrets the declaration adopted by Turkey in connection with the signing and underlines that while the declaration can have no legal effects impeding on the implementation of the Ankara protocol, its political signal may have been counterproductive to Turkey’s stated interest of starting accession negotiations and joining the European Union;

4.  Underlines that while Turkey must fully implement the Ankara Protocol without undue delay, and extend the provisions of free movement for goods to all EU Member States, the Council should, under the current UK Presidency, make renewed efforts to reach agreement on the financial aid package and on the trade facilitation regulations concerning Northern Cyprus in order that the EU honour its own commitments with respect to the Turkish Cypriot community;

5.  Reiterates its call on all parties in Cyprus to resume the UN-led talks on a comprehensive settlement to the conflict;

6.  Urges the Turkish authorities to press on with the reform agenda and to make sure that reforms passed are properly implemented throughout the judicial system, by state authorities, the police and the armed forces;

7.  Emphasises that particular attention must be paid to the situation in south-east Turkey, and that improved political and economic conditions in the south-east are necessary for the overall stability of the country and that a strong Kurdish identity and culture should be seen as a positive contribution to Turkish society;

8.  Welcomes the provisions in the negotiation framework, as presented by the Commission, in particular its emphasis on increased monitoring of political conditions and on the implementation of political reforms; underlines that the additional safeguards contained in the negotiation framework should meet some of the concerns presented in the public debate within the European Union;

9.  Fully supports the proposals contained in the Commission’s proposal for a Civil Society Dialogue between the EU and candidate countries, and underlines that the Turkish government, along with Turkish civil society, must take their responsibility for engaging with EU public opinion on matters concerning a common future;

10.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to Council, the Commission, the parliaments and governments of the Member States and the parliament and government of Turkey.

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