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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

The future of EU-Turkey relations

21-12-2020 - 15:46
Turkey is one of the EU's closest neighbours. It is a trading partner, a NATO ally and a candidate for EU membership. Parliament values the cooperation between the EU and Turkey, but in recent years, ties have become strained. MEPs are concerned about the continuing erosion of democracy, the rule of law and human rights in Ankara. Today, EU accession talks are at a standstill. "We should urge our Turkish colleagues to gain more credibility as a foreign power and as a democracy. Without credibility in terms of democracy in Ankara, we will not be able to avoid conflicts in the future." Turkey has occupied the northern part of Cyprus since its invasion in 1974. Turkey has repeatedly illegally entered Greek airspace and Greek and Cypriot territorial waters. Parliament condemns Turkey's violations of the sovereignty of member states and MEPs are calling on the Turkish government to cease exploration and drilling activities in the Eastern Mediterranean. Ankara has also threatened to renege on the 2016 migration pact signed with the European Union. Parliament is urging all parties to continue peaceful and constructive dialogue and to promote the de-escalation of military activities.
09-07-2020 - 15:58
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the President of the European Parliament and its political leaders have modified Parliament's calendar of activities. The aim is to enable Parliament to exercise its core functions, while complying with the duty of care for its Members and staff and protecting public health.

As a result, most meetings and missions of Parliament's delegations during the second semester of 2020 have been cancelled or postponed.

When the delegations are able to resume normal activities, the calendar section of this page will provide details.


Aušra Rakštelytė

Brussels & Strasbourg

Vesselina Veleva