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Parliamentary questions
11 October 2007
WRITTEN QUESTION by Sajjad Karim (ALDE) to the Commission

 Subject: Turkish as an EU language

As a Member of the European Union, the whole of the Island of Cyprus is considered part of the EU despite the fact that the Government of Cyprus does not exercise entire or effective control of northern Cyprus (or Turkish Cyprus); EU legislation is suspended in line with Protocol 10 of the Accession Treaty of 2003.

This suspension does not, however, affect the citizens’ personal rights as EU citizens. They are still citizens of a Member State of the European Union, the Republic of Cyprus, despite the fact that they may reside in areas outside of the Government of Cyprus’ control.

It is encouraging that the Council and Commission are aiming to put an end to the isolation of northern Cypriots by means of trade and economic integration, waste management, rehabilitation, upgrading the management of the energy sector, supporting the private sector and providing information about the political and legal order of the EU.

I would, however, request that the Commission takes into consideration the language barrier suffered by the citizens of northern Cyprus. Has the Commission considered making Turkish an official EU language in order to attend to the needs of those who are officially EU citizens?

 OJ C 191, 29/07/2008
Last updated: 15 October 2007Legal notice