Turkey's report by far receives favor at EP's committee

Monday, March 03, 2014

The change proposal which proposes alternative partnerships to Turkey instead of full membership has been rejected with a major portion.

The change proposal which proposes alternative partnerships to Turkey instead of full membership has been rejected with a major portion.

BRUSSELS - Turkey`s report, drawn up by Ria Oomen-Ruijten, the European Parliament’s Turkey rapporteur, received 36 votes in favor, eight against and five abstentions at the European Parliament`s Foreign Affairs Committee whereas the proposal for a privileged partnership did not gain support.

In a change proposal issued by British Andrew Duff, German Alexander Graf Lambsdorff and Slovenian Ivo Vajgl, alternative partnerships were offered instead of full membership by revising Turkey`s accession process into EU by the European Parliament to be newly elected and EU Commission.

No one has supported the changed proposal except from the three signature holders.

The change proposals, approved during the vote, mean that importance is attributed to objectivity and independence of judiciary, and it is stressed that close dialogue and cooperation, as well as participation negotiations should be continued between Turkey and the EU.

The report urged a guarantee for the Court of Accounts to work according to international standards with the joint proposals of political groups in the country, adding it voiced a deep concern over the law concerning a change in the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK).

In addition, the report supported the solution process, which aims to put an end to terror in Turkey, and called the Turkish opposition to support the reforms and negotiations with this aim.

Oomen-Ruijten said that Turkey needs new reforms on membership process and EU should be fair and transparent to Turkey during this process.

The report is expected to be discussed at the General Assembly of European Parliament in the following week.

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