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Letter to European Commission President Juncker and First Vice-President Timmermans on the deal between the EU and Turkey

On December 10, Marietje Schaake together with 33 other Members of the European Parliament sent an open letter to European Commission President Juncker and First Vice-President Timmermans. It requests the Commission to publish a letter sent by President Juncker to Turkish Prime Minister Davutoglu, which contains further details on the EU-Turkey deal of 29 November. Please find the letter by Marietje Schaake and other MEPs below or download here (pdf). EP-logo Brussels, 10 December 2015 Dear President Juncker, Dear First Vice-President Timmermans, On the evening of the 29th of November 2015 a statement was issued about the results of the EU-Turkey 'deal' to cooperate on sheltering refugees. The meeting marked an important step in EU-Turkey relations, since both sides agreed that the accession process of Turkey to the EU "needs to be re-energized."[1] Additionally commitments on financial support and visa-liberalization were made. Given the importance of this deal, it is essential to have a clear and complete picture of what was actually decided. The joint statement notes the European Commission's commitment "to complete, in the first quarter of 2016, the preparatory work for the opening of a number of accession chapters without prejudice to the position of Member States. Preparatory work could subsequently begin also on further chapters."[2] During a debate between the Commission and the Council in the European Parliament, Vice-President Timmermans gave more details about what was decided. In that debate he mentioned a letter sent by President Juncker to Prime Minister Davutoğlu, in which the Commission had "reiterated its commitment to complete the preparatory work for the opening, in the first quarter of 2016, of Chapters 15, on energy; 23, on judiciary and fundamental rights; 24, on justice, freedom and security; 26, on education and culture; and 31, on foreign, security and defence policy."[3] In Turkish media, Turkish officials were quoted after speaking off the record that this letter is "a letter of commitment which should be thought together with the joint statement. The letter has therefore placed these chapters on record."[4] We request to make the letter by President Juncker to Prime Minister Davutoğlu public, and ask for the publication of any other document that is relevant to fully understand 'the deal.' Yours sincerely, Marietje Schaake (ALDE) Iveta Grigule (ALDE) Bronis Ropė (Greens) Angel Dzhambazki (ECR) Danuta Hübner (EPP) Gérard Deprez (ALDE) Demetris Papadakis (S&D) Enrique Calvet Chambon (ALDE) Anna Maria Corazza Bildt (EPP) Petr Ježek (ALDE) Peter van Dalen (ECR) Merja Kyllönen (GUE) Dita Charanzová (ALDE) Maite Pagazaurtundúa (ALDE) Miroslav Poche (S&D) Beatriz Becerra Basterrechea (ALDE) Javier Nart (ALDE) Neoklis Sylikiotis (GUE) Barbara Lochbihler (GREENS) Eleftherios Synadinos (NI) Paloma López Bermejo (GUE) Hilde Vautmans (ALDE) Georgi Pirinski (S&D) Takis Hadjigeorgiou (GUE) Jean-Luc Schaffhauser (ENF) Ivo Vajgl (ALDE) Sophie in 't Veld (ALDE) Matthijs van Miltenburg (ALDE) Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy (ALDE) Fabio de Masi (GUE) Bart Staes (GREENS) Pavel Telicka (ALDE) Ismail Ertug (S&D) Eva Kaili (S&D) [1] [2] Idem. [3] [4]

See also on Turkey:

02-12 Media (Carnegie Europe) – Judy Asks: Is the EU Selling Out to Turkey?

01-12 Schaake responds to ruling ECHR Turkey

30-11 Media (New York Times) – E.U. Offers Turkey 3 Billion Euros to Stem Migrant Flow

10-11 MEP: Undermining of Turkish rule of law and freedom of expression are big concern for Europe

29-10 Media (Euronews: The Network) – Are refugees or civil rights the priority in Turkey? 26-10 Media (France24, Talking Europe) – The EU and Turkey: Who needs whom more? 20-10 Blog (Project Syndicate) – Talking Tough to Turkey 23-10 Letter to President Juncker and High Representative Mogherini concerning the EU-Turkey Joint Action Plan 12-10 Written Questions on halting the broadcast of tv channels in Turkey 01-09 Written Questions on press freedom in Turkey 08-06 MEP: Turkish election results offer opportunity to improve EU-Turkey relations 21-05 MEP: Turkey must reverse authoritarian trend to remain a key EU partner 20-05 Plenary debate on the 2014 Progress Report on Turkey 22-04 MEPs: We must defend all those standing on the front-line for free speech in Turkey 07-04 Media (CNN) – Schaake: Turkey internet blockade is bad for business 06-04 Media (Bloomberg) – Facebook, Twitter to Appeal as Turkey Blocks Social Media 31-03 MEP responds to acquittal 236 suspects in Balyoz/Sledgehammer case turkey_tusk_davutoglu2 Photo: European Union