Welcome from the Chair

Welcome to the site of the European Parliament's Delegation to the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC).

As elected Chair of the delegation, I preside over our delegation's regular meetings and act as a Co-Chair of the JPC with the Grand National Assembly of Turkey. JPC meetings may take place up to three times per year either at one of the European Parliament's seats (Brussels or Strasbourg) or in Turkey.

The European Parliament has always attached great importance to close cooperation between Turkey and the European Union. I strongly believe that a continuous parliamentarian dialogue is a fundamental part of this cooperation.

Turkey is not just an important partner of the EU, Turkey is also a candidate country. We have continuously supported Turkey's efforts to join the European Union and thus have repeatedly expressed our desire for progress in multiple fields of concern, including the field of democracy, rule of law and human rights. The European Parliament delegation to the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) is looking forward to debating all questions of relevance to all our countries and their citizens.

During this legislature we will continue to pursue a constructive dialogue with the goal of strengthening relations between the Grand National Assembly of Turkey and the European Parliament. Despite all obstacles in past years, I aim at building a fruitful parliamentary exchange with our colleagues from the Grand National Assembly, Turkish citizens and civil society.

Sergey Lagodinsky, MEP

Statement by the Chair and Rapporteur on the Kavala trial: last chance for justice

21-04-2022 - 18:02

Parliament Standing Rapporteur for Turkey Nacho Sánchez Amor (S&D, ES) and the Chair of the EU-Turkey Parliamentary Delegation Sergey Lagodinsky (Greens/EFA, DE) issued the following statement ahead of the final hearing in Istanbul of the Gezi trial and in particular the case of businessman Osman Kavala, taking place on Friday, 22 April.

"Osman Kavala has spent 1.633 days of his life in prison. His continued imprisonment has been declared unlawful by the European Court of Human Rights (EctHR). Turkish courts and authorities have still the chance to put an end to this ordeal. This is not a matter of conceding to an external request, this is about Turkey respecting rule of law and its own legal system, as derived from its international commitments and enshrined in its own Constitution. The rulings of the EctHR ordering his immediate release are legally binding. By ignoring them, Turkey is now facing infringement proceedings that would further damage Turkey's international reputation.

To consolidate the recent EU-Turkey rapprochement, we need clear actions in the field of fundamental rights and rule of law, including an immediate release of Osman Kavala, in order to put back on track Turkey's EU accession process."

79th EU-Turkey JPC: 17 March 2022, Brussels

30-03-2022 - 17:23
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The 79th EU-Turkey JPC was held in person, in Brussels on 17 March 2022. MPs and MEPs gathered after more than 3 years' break to discuss the EU-Turkey relations, foreign and regional policy, democracy in Turkey and in the EU and the economic cooperation/green transition.

The meeting was co-Chaired by Mr Sergey Lagodinsky (Greens/EFA, DE) and Mr İsmail Emrah Karayel (AK Party, Turkey). Members of both parliaments had an opportunity to exchange views with high level representatives of DG NEAR, the Council Presidency, the Turkish government and of the EEAS.

The meeting was webstreamed:

1st session 17-03-2022 9:30

2nd session 17-03-2022 14:30

Agenda update: THE THIRD SESSION OF THE JPC TOOK PLACE ON 17 MARCH FROM 17:00 TO 19:00 instead of 18 March 09.00 a.m.


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