Schulz to pay official visit to Turkey - Monday and Tuesday (28 - 29 May)

Press Release
Brussels -
Foreign Affairs

The President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz will pay a two day official visit to Turkey on Monday and Tuesday (28 - 29 May). President Schulz will meet with the highest Turkish officials: President Gül, Prime Minister Erdoğan and Speaker Çiçek.

During the visit President Schulz will also hold meetings with representatives from political group and civil society, religious leaders, employers' organisations, think tanks and university students from Bilgi University.

Programme of the visit:

Monday, 28 May 2012 - Ankara

8:30 Visit and wreath lying ceremony at the Atatürk Mausoleum

9:30 Meeting with Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, Chairman of the Republican People's Party (CHP) - Turkish Grand National Assembly

10:10 Meeting with representatives of the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP): Gültan Kışanak, Co-Chair, Nasmi Gür, Vice-Chair in charge of foreign relations, Hasip Kaplan, Deputy Group Leader at the Parliament, Leyla Zana, Member for Diyarbakır - Turkish Grand National Assembly

11:00 Meeting with Cemil Çiçek, Speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly - Turkish Grand National Assembly

11:30 Opening ceremony of the EU project "Civil Society Facility - Parliamentary Exchange Dialogue" organised by the Turkish Grand National Assembly

13:30 Meeting with representatives of the Justice and Development Party - Turkish Grand National Assembly

14:10 Meeting with Devlet Bahçeli, Chairman of the Nationalist Movement Party - Turkish Grand National Assembly

15:30 Meeting with Abdullah Gül, President of the Republic of Turkey - Presidential Palace

PM (time TBC) Meeting with Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey followed by press conference - Prime Minister Office

Tuesday, 29 May 2012 - Istanbul

11:00 Roundtable on freedom of religion and belief with representatives of various religious groups - Conrad Hotel

12:00 Economic roundtable with Turkish business associations TÜSİAD, TUSKON, TOBB and DEİK - Conrad Hotel

13:30 Working lunch with think tank and media representatives hosted by the Rector of Bilgi University Istanbul

15:00 Ceremony upon receiving a honorary degree by Bilgi University - Bilgi University

16:00 Roundtable with students - Bilgi University

17:15 Audience with His Holiness Bartholomeos, Greek Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch - Greek Orthodox Partriarchate

For further information:

  • Michael Bergius
    Deputy Spokesperson
    +32 473 85 39 94