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Parliamentary questions
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3 May 2012
Question for written answer P-004549/2012
to the Commission
Rule 117
Eleni Theocharous (PPE)

 Subject: Prospecting for hydrocarbons by Turkey
 Answer in writing 

The Turkish cabinet has decided to go ahead with prospecting for hydrocarbons on the Greek continental shelf near Kastelorizo and Cyprus, within the latter’s exclusive economic zone, threatening to encroach upon the sovereign rights of EU Member States and infringe the International Law of the Sea, which is part of the acquis communautaire. Through the Turkish state oil company, Turkey has already carried out illegal drilling in the occupied territory of the Republic of Cyprus. What measures if any will the EU take with regard to Turkey?

Does it also intend to enforce measures to defend the sovereign rights of its Member States as part of the reasonable and practical implementation of the principle of solidarity?

Will the companies involved in prospecting to be carried out by Turkey, breaching the Law of the Sea, the acquis communautaire and the international as well as the Community legal order, face sanctions and be excluded from competitions and trade or any other dealings with the EU?

As long as the Turkish Government is infringing upon the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus within the Cypriot Exclusive Economic Zone, will the European Commission also propose suspending Turkish accession negotiations?

Original language of question: ELOJ C 248 E, 29/08/2013
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