On the initiative of Marietje Schaake, a number of Members of the European Parliament sent a letter to High Representative Ashton and Commissioner Füle to request them to set up an EU election observation mission to monitor the municipal elections in Turkey, scheduled for 30 March. Schaake: "Given the current crisis, this step is not just important, it is necessary. The government has introduced a number of laws recently that further constrict freedom of expression and every form of criticism is being harhandedly suppressed. The EU needs to aim for free and fair elections as a precondition for Turkish democracy." Please find the letter and the subsequent answer below.