Staff Working Document on ‘Turkey 2018 Report’

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Series Details SWD (2018) 153
Publication Date 17/04/2018
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Report published by the European Commission in April 2018, which assesses the progress undertaken in 2018 by Turkey, in the framework of the negotiations for accession to the European Union.

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The European Commission recognises in the report the need for swift and proportionate action in the aftermath of a failed coup attempt in July 2016. However, the report also highlights that the country has been significantly moving away from the European Union, in particular in the areas of the rule of law and fundamental rights and through the weakening of effective checks and balances in the political system.

This report was published on 17 April 2018 alongside tha annual Enlargement package, which takes stock of progress in the implementation of enlargement policy. On 14 March 2019, the European Parliament's plenary session reacted to the annual report on Turkey. MEPs adopted a non-binding initiative recommending the suspension of the enlargement negotiations between the European Union and Turkey.

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Politico, 14/04/2018: Commission says Turkey made ‘big steps away’ from EU: Report
B92, 20/04/2018: Turkey accuses EU of 'favoring Balkan candidates'
Reuters, 21/02/2019: Turkey condemns European parliament committee call to suspend accession
Hürriyet Dauly News, 21/02/2019: Euro parliament report calling for suspension of Turkey’s accession unacceptable: Foreign Ministry
Deutsche Welle, 13/03/2019: European Parliament votes to suspend Turkey's EU membership bid
Kathimerini, 13/03/2019: EU parliament calls for freeze on Turkey's membership talks
Bloomberg, 13/03/2019: EU Parliament Says Turkey EU-Entry Talks Should Be Suspended
Reuters, 13/03/2019: EU parliament calls for freeze on Turkey's membership talks
Cyprus Mail, 13/03/2019: EU parliament calls for freeze on Turkey’s membership talks
Kathimerini, 13/03/2019: ND says EU accession talks are 'leverage' for Turkey to reform
Hürriyet Daily News, 14/03/2019: European Parliament's vote to halt accession process ‘meaningless, worthless’: Turkey
Anadolu Agency, 13/03/2019: EP’s vote to halt accession process ‘worthless': Turkey

European Commission: Fact Sheet, 17/04/2018: Key findings of the 2018 Report on Turkey
European Parliament: Press Release, 14/03/2019: Parliament wants to suspend EU accession negotiations with Turkey
European Parliament: Legislative Observatory: Procedure File for Initiative on 2018 Commission report on Turkey

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