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Written Question: Follow up question on the EU-Turkey deal and the Commission letter to Turkey

On January 26, Marietje Schaake submitted the following Parliamentary Written Questions to the European Commission concerning the EU-Turkey deal and the Commission letter to Turkey. Author: Marietje Schaake Subject: Follow up question on the EU-Turkey deal and the Commission letter to Turkey On 25 January 2016, I received a copy of the letter that was sent by President Juncker to Turkish Prime Minister Davutoglu on 29 November 2015, regarding the EU-Turkey deal. On the 12th of january I sent an urgent written question to the Commission on the exact legal status of this letter and how it binds the European institutions or the Turkish government to the commitments that Mr Juncker sets out. I am still waiting for a response to that question. - What is the timeline that has been agreed for renewing the accession process and completing the preparatory work of opening chapters, as well as for the other elements of the deal that has been made with Turkey? Are there concrete benchmarks which Turkey needs fulfil on issues such as the rule of law, the separation of powers, arbitrary detentions and freedom of speech? - Are there any other documents which concern the details of the deal between the EU and Turkey, how it will be implemented and under what conditions, such as Memoranda of Understanding, Annexes to this letter or minutes of meetings? - Is there consensus in the Council about the deal the Commission made on behalf of the EU? What mandate did the Commission have from Council and when was that provided? wq-turkey-deal See also on Turkey: 25-01 Commission letter to Turkey on renewing accession negotiations

22-01 Plenary speech on the situation in the South East of Turkey

12-01 Written Question about the Appendix letter to the EU-Turkey deal

08-01 VP Timmermans must address key concerns in Ankara, not only EU’s interest to curb the flows of refugees


14-12 Written Questions on Turkey detaining 3,000 refugees after EU deal

10-12 Letter to European Commission President Juncker and First Vice-President Timmermans on the deal between the EU and 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