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Plenary debate on the 2014 Progress Report on Turkey

Marietje Schaake (ALDE) Madam President, the annual progress report has sadly become a regress report. The concerns we have on the rule of law, separation of powers, human rights and fundamental freedoms are now even more substantial than in previous years as a result of the passing of security laws, restrictions on press and internet freedom, and an acknowledgment that evidence in a mass trial was actually doctored. That leads to key questions about fair trial and due process. I have always fought for the accession process as I believed it would lead to a win-win situation for the people in the EU and Turkey alike, and I am sad to share how sombre I am about where things stand. Now, are we only highlighting concerns? No. We also clearly stressed the importance of updating the customs union and of a common coordinated approach to foreign policy and humanitarian matters, but it must be crystal clear that an effective and credible EU‑Turkey partnership can only be based on solidly shared values and a common understanding of democratic principles, such as are laid down in the Copenhagen criteria.
See also: 22-04-2015 MEPs: We must defend all those standing on the front-line for free speech in Turkey 07-04-2015 Media (CNN) – Schaake: Turkey internet blockade is bad for business 06-04-2015 Media (Bloomberg) – Facebook, Twitter to Appeal as Turkey Blocks Social Media 31-03-2015 MEP responds to acquittal 236 suspects in Balyoz/Sledgehammer case 25-03-2015 Parliamentary Questions on the Turkish internet bill 27-01-2015 Amendments to 2014 Progress Report on Turkey 18-12-2014 MEP: Business as usual towards Turkey is no longer an option for the EU