The European Parliament just voted to suspend the accession negotiations with Turkey. Member of the European Parliament Marietje Schaake welcomes the broad majority that endorsed the earlier recommendation by the foreign affairs committee.
Schaake: 'Dozens of journalists remain imprisoned, human rights violations occur on a daily basis and the rule of law and democracy in Turkey continue to damaged. That makes it impossible for Turkey to become an EU member.'
'President Erdogan's authoritarian policies completely disqualify Turkey from EU membership. Under the new constitution, Turkey is walking away from our European norms and values. It is essential that the European Commission and the EU member states now also echo this message. The EU-Turkey association council taking place this Friday would be a perfect opportunity to do so.'
End to pre-accession funds
Schaake tabled an amendment to the plenary resolution to end the billions of euros Turkey receives as pre-accession support.Schaake is disappointed her amendment was not adopted. Schaake:
'The billions of euros Turkey receives from Europe go hand in hand with the accession negotiations. The Parliament today calls to suspend that process, but wants to continue financially supporting Turkey, which completely undermines our credibility. We should instead be using those funds to support independent organisations that fight for press freedom, democracy, the rule of law and fundamental values.'
Please find the plenary speech here.