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Parliamentary questions
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15 April 2021
Question for written answer  E-002036/2021/rev.1
to the Commission
Rule 138
Sara Skyttedal (PPE)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: President Erdoğan’s statement on Turkey’s status as a candidate country

The news agency Reuters reported on 13 April 2021 that Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has reiterated his ambition to make Turkey a full Member State of the European Union(1).

This is a move away from statements he has made in recent years playing down Turkey’s ambitions for EU membership.

Given that this new statement was made just days after the visit to Ankara by European Council President Charles Michel and Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, it raises a few questions, not least with regard to the signals the EU is sending to Turkey.

With that in mind:

1. Does the Commission take the view that it has been made sufficiently clear that further moves towards membership for Turkey are not relevant?

2. Is there any ambition or willingness on the part of the Commission to review Turkey’s status as a candidate country?

Original language of question: SV
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