The New CHP President Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu Supports Turkey’s EU Membership

Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu supports Turkey’s bid to join the European Union. In a briefing session given by Kader Sevinç, CHP EU Representative in Brussels, on the recent developments in EU-Turkey relations, Mr. Kılıçdaroğlu expressed the CHP’s strong support for Turkey’s membership to the EU, while stressing that a considerable and ambitious effort needs to be made in order to ensure a better communication with the EU institutions and capitals.

Mr.Kılıçdaroğlu said “the mission of CHP EU Office in Brussels is of great importance to the CHP’s EU policy in this regard.”

In his speech in the Congress, Mr. Kılıçdaroğlu criticized the EU for having stalled the Turkey’s membership for years. He stressed that when coming into power, the CHP would seek a firm date for full membership. Mr. Kılıçdaroğlu also drew attention to the growing economic potential in Turkey’s relations with Russia, India and China.

About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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