Turkey risks freeze of EU accession talks
Turkey’s EU accession talks should be suspended if proposed changes to the constitution go ahead, as these go against EU membership criteria, MEPs are to say on Wednesday.
The Parliament will discuss Turkey’s 2016 reform efforts towards EU membership with Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn on Wednesday and vote on a resolution on Thursday.
MEPs are concerned about Turkey backsliding in the rule of law, human rights, media freedom, and the fight against corruption. They condemn the repeatedly declared support for the reintroduction of the death penalty by the Turkish President.
But the draft resolution also recognises the importance of good EU-Turkey relations and maintaining a constructive and open dialogue, which is key to addressing common challenges, such as migration, security or terrorism.
Procedure: Own-initiative resolution
Debates: Wednesday, 5 July
Votes: Thursday, 6 July
Press conference: Wednesday, 5 July - 11.30