EU Summit Conclusions : Reactions…


Agreement with Turkey welcome, but…

EU_Turkey_Council_2015

Erdogan als oberster grenzschützer der EU

EU ne fassent pas d’Erdogan le garde suprême leurs frontières

Erdoğan’a seçim hediyesi vermeyelim

AB’nin hazırladığı göçmen planı taslak

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L’accord avec la Turquie est bienvenu mais l’externalisation du traitement des réfugiés n’est pas une solution durable

16/10/2015 – Guy Verhofstadt, président de l’Alliance des démocrates et des libéraux pour l’Europe, se félicite du renforcement de la coopération avec la Turquie, mais regrette l’absence de progrès pour la mise en oeuvre d’une politique commune d’asile et d’immigration.

Guy Verhofstadt a déclaré: “L’Europe externalise un problème comme pour s’en défausser. Certes, il est positif que l’UE soit amenée à collaborer plus étroitement avec la Turquie, mais nous devons éviter néanmoins de nous rendre trop dépendant d’un régime qui devient chaque jour davantage autoritaire. Les chefs d’État et de gouvernement se trompent s’ils pensent qu’un sous-traitant les débarrassera de tout souci. De surcroit, ils auraient dû être plus prudents plutôt que multiplier les promesses intenables. Jusqu’à présent, dans cette crise humanitaire et migratoire, on a pris beaucoup d’engagements dont la réalisation se fait toujours attendre”.

“Garantir de meilleures conditions d’accueil dans les camps de réfugiés en Turquie n’est qu’une partie de la solution à long terme. Il est tout de même incroyable que rien n’ait été décidé concernant la création d’un corps de garde-frontières européens, la révision de la procédure d’asile de Dublin, pas plus qu’une initiative diplomatique pour arrêter l’effusion de sang en Syrie, autant d’éléments pourtant indispensables pour résoudre la crise”.

Guy Verhofstadt, European Liberal and Democrat leader welcomes the stronger cooperation with Turkey, but regrets the lack of progress to put in place a real European asylum- and migration policy.

“Europe is trying to outsource this refugee crisis, without taking its responsibility to protect those in need. It is positive that the EU will work more closely together with Turkey, but we should not make ourselves dependent on a country which is becoming increasingly authoritarian. EU leaders fool themselves if they think that outsourcing the problem will solve this crisis. Furthermore, they should be careful handing out promises they might not be able to meet later. So far, I have seen a lot of pledging, but a lack of delivery.”

“Improving conditions in the refugee camps in Turkey are only a small part of a long-term solution. It’s incredible that nothing substantive was decided on a European Border Guard, overhauling the Dublin Regulation and a joint effort to stop the bloodshed in Syria. These elements are crucial if we want to solve the crisis.”

ERDOGAN AS EU’S BORDER GUARD-İN-CHİEF

At the EU summit last night, EU heads of state and government committed to an agreement with Turkey on the response to the refugee crisis. The agreement would include €3bn in funding for Turkey, a simplified visa procedure and the opening of further chapters in Turkey’s EU accession negotiations. However, the summit ended with no agreement on a timeframe or the finer details. Commenting on the conclusions of the summit, Greens/EFA co-presidents Rebecca Harms and Philippe Lamberts said:

“This summit has again revealed the difficulty for EU governments to find a common response to the refugee crisis. The most important issue, namely how to permanently share the responsibility for distributing refugees, has again been postponed. There is, however, consensus on strengthening border protection and ensuring refugees either stay in Turkey or can be sent back there. While it is correct to try and improve the situation of refugees outside the EU, this cannot mean that the EU abdicates the responsibility to humanely respond to the crisis, both based on its values and its relative economic strength. The fact that a refugee has been shot at the Bulgarian border should act as warning to the EU governments.

“While the new understanding that the EU and Turkey need each other is a step in the right direction, it is wrong for EU leaders to remain silent on the worrying escalation in Turkey. This lack of criticism, combined with the promises to Erdogan in this agreement, risk creating the impression that the EU supports the irresponsible politics of the Erdogan government just two weeks before the elections. This will also deprive the EU of leverage in trying to convince the AKP to return to the democratic process.

The EU Member States should not make Erdogan into their chief border guard.”

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