Socialists & Democrats Group President Pittella: The negotiation process with Turkey must now be accelerated



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PRESS RELEASE

Strasbourg, 10 June 2015

Pittella: The negotiation process with Turkey must now be accelerated
European Socialists and Democrats stress the importance of today’s adoption, by the European Parliament, of the progress report on Turkey, underlining that Turkey and the EU are and must remain strategic partners. The S&D Group in the European Parliament calls on EU Institutions and member states to honour their engagement vis-a-vis Turkey’s European ambitions.

Gianni Pittella, president of the S&D Group in the European Parliament, said:
"The negotiation process with Turkey must be continued and accelerated. Accession negotiations particularly in the area of fundamental rights, justice and home affairs must start without further delay in order to help Turkey to strengthen justice stability and democracy in the country.
"The results of the latest election showed that Turkey’s people, in line with European values, want political pluralism as well as multicultural and multi-religious society. Intimidation of the media is unacceptable and the new government must ensure freedoms of the press and of expression are upheld."

Kati Piri MEP, rapporteur on Turkey, stated:

"Despite the serious concerns we have about certain developments in the country, now is not the moment to turn away from Turkey. We have to create a permanent platform for dialogue in order to make progress in the areas of fundamental rights and the rule of law. The accession negotiations are the best framework for this, as we also want the EU to remain the benchmark for the reform process in Turkey. It is very important that with today’s vote, the European Parliament has given a clear signal that it wants to remain constructively engaged with a new Turkish government."

About the S&D Group: The Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (the S&D Group) is the second largest political group in the European Parliament with 191 members from all 28 EU member states.

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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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