Document stages in plenary
Document selected : O-0025/2009

Texts tabled :

O-0025/2009 (B6-0020/2009)

Debates :

PV 25/03/2009 - 8
CRE 25/03/2009 - 8

Votes :

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Parliamentary questions
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13 February 2009


pursuant to Rule 108 of the Rules of Procedure

by Jan Marinus Wiersma and Erika Mann, on behalf of the PSE Group, Daniel Caspary and Robert Sturdy, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, Cristiana Muscardini and Eugenijus Maldeikis, on behalf of the UEN Group

to the Commission

  Subject: Interim Trade Agreement (ITA) between the EU and Turkmenistan

 Answer in plenary 

Can the Commission explain to Parliament:


  1. What are the concrete reasons why the Commission considers it justified to sign the ITA now?


  1. Why does the Commission wish to continue with this process, taking into account the general situation in Turkmenistan, especially in the fields of human rights, democracy and freedom of religion?


  1. What is the Commission’s position on the various reports by NGOs and others in Turkmenistan concerning the general situation in the country?


  1. What concrete improvements will the ITA bring to the relationship between the EU and Turkmenistan? On what basis does the Commission believe that the EU will be successful in advancing human rights in Turkmenistan after concluding an ITA? Why does it believe that concluding an ITA is the most effective way for the EU to advance the cause of human rights in Turkmenistan?


  1. What concrete improvements is the ITA likely to bring to the situation in Turkmenistan, especially concerning respect for human rights and democracy? Will the PCA include a clear suspensive human rights clause?


  1. Will the Commission suspend the ITA if requested to do so by Parliament? Will the PCA include a revision clause?



Tabled: 13.02.2009

Forwarded: 17.02.2009

Deadline for reply: 24.02.2009

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