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Parliamentary questions
2 April 2014
Joint answer given by Mr Füle on behalf of the Commission
Written questions :E-002377/14 , E-002582/14 , E-001732/14 , E-000822/14

The status of candidate country was granted to Turkey by the European Council in 1999. Accession negotiations with Turkey were opened in October 2005 on the basis of a unanimous decision of the EU Member States.

The rule of law and fundamental rights are at the core of the accession negotiations. The Commission has been engaging with the Turkish authorities to ensure that gradually Turkey meets the European standards in these areas. The Commission publishes its assessment of the developments in field of the rule of law in its annual progress report, which is an important point of reference as regards the identification of gaps which Turkey still needs to address. The Commission discusses the issues with Turkey on all relevant occasions, at political and technical level.

The Commission has informed Turkey about its concerns regarding the new provisions regulating on the High Council of Judges and Prosecutors, which included the potential impact of the law on the independence and impartiality of the judiciary, as well as the separation of powers in Turkey. The Commission will examine the law in detail and will assess its implementation, including from the point of view of an efficient fight against corruption.

The financial support to Turkey in the framework of the pre-accession assistance (IPA) aims to help Turkey in its preparations for EU membership including alignment with EU standards and policies. A significant share of the funds is channelled to projects in the area of the rule of law. This area will be also a priority for financing in the years 2014 — 2020.

OJ C 305, 09/09/2014
Last updated: 2 April 2014Legal notice