AB’den, “vizyoner bir yaklaşım” sergilemesini bekllyoruz

The convening of the Turkey-EU Association Council after an interval of four years is an important step and that Turkey expects the EU to fulfill its obligations based on the international principle that “agreements must be implemented” and display a visionary approach as well.


54th meeting of the Association Council between the European Union and Turkey, Brussels, 15 March 2019

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☛ AB’den ahde vefa ilkesi temelinde ülkemize karşı yükümlülüklerini yerine getirmesini ve vizyoner bir yaklaşım sergilemesini bekllyoruz. [Ayrıntı]

☛ The convening of the Turkey-EU Association Council after an interval of four years is an important step and that Turkey expects the EU to fulfill its obligations based on the international principle that “agreements must be implemented” and display a visionary approach as well. [Detail]

☛ L’aide aux Syriens est une responsabilité partagée et que le seul moyen d’apporter la paix, la stabilité et la sécurité en Syrie passe par un processus politique sous l’égide des Nations Unies, conformément à la résolution 2254 du Conseil de Sécurité des Nations Unies. [Detail]


The Association Council reviewed the state of EU the European Union Turkey bilateral relations, Brussels,
15 March 2019

It took stock of the accession strategy, in particular in the light of the Commission’s 2018 report on Turkey and the General Affairs Council conclusions of 26 June 2018.

The Association Council also discussed bilateral relations under the Association Agreement and the Customs Union.


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The Association Council reviewed the state of EU the European Union Turkey bilateral relations, Brussels,
Final Communiquée

The EU-Turkey Association Council held its 54th meeting on Friday, 15 March 2019, in Brussels. The meeting was the first one held after the lifting of the State of Emergency in Turkey last year, and provided a useful opportunity to take stock of EU-Turkey relations and exchange views on a range of issues.

On the EU side, the meeting was chaired by the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Ms Federica MOGHERINI. Mr Johannes HAHN, European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations also participated. Mr Mevlüt ÇAVUŞOĞLU, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chief Negotiator of Turkey, led the Turkish delegation.

The EU reaffirmed the importance of the relations between the EU and Turkey, a candidate country and a key partner and stressed the importance of open and frank dialogue, within the established framework, in order to address common challenges in areas of joint interest such as migration, counter-terrorism, energy, transport, the economy and trade.

The EU underlined that the Turkish government’s stated commitment to EU accession needs to be matched by corresponding reforms and recalled that the Council conclusions of 26 June 2018 state that Turkey has been moving further away from the European Union and that accession negotiations have therefore effectively come to a standstill. The EU reiterated its concerns over the continuing and deeply worrying backsliding in the areas of fundamental rights and rule of law, and the deterioration of the independence and functioning of the judiciary. In this regard, the EU expressed its expectation from Turkey to ensure that its plans for judicial reform are realised in line with EU and Council of Europe standards.

The EU also deplored the increasing pressure faced by civil society, as demonstrated by the indictment of sixteen prominent activists late February and stated its concerns over the rapidly shrinking space for civil society, notably in the face of widespread arrests, including of journalists, and recurrent bans on demonstrations and other types of gatherings. The EU called on Turkey to urgently reverse all measures that have a negative impact on judicial independence, the rule of law, human rights and fundamental freedoms.

The EU immediately and strongly condemned the 15 July coup attempt. The EU also underlined the importance of a system of redress for those unjustly affected by the broad scale and collective nature of the measures taken in its aftermath.

The EU strongly commended Turkey’s significant efforts in hosting and addressing the needs of approximately four million refugees and underlined that the continued implementation of the EU-Turkey Statement is in the interest of both sides and remains crucial with a view to bringing irregular migration to a halt. It welcomed the comprehensive and regular EU-Turkey political dialogue, which allows for further reviewing a broad range of foreign policy issues of common interest, notably as regards Syria, Iraq, Iran, the Middle East Peace Process, Libya, and the situation in the Gulf. The EU underlined that Turkey has an important role and responsibility within the wider region, and that enhanced dialogue, cooperation and alignment on foreign policy issues is crucial.

The EU also reiterated its position on good neighbourly relations, by recalling the March 2018 European Council conclusions on the Eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea, and expressed its grave concern over recent statements by Turkey in relation to its planned drilling activities in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone.

The EU welcomed the UN efforts to resume negotiations for the reunification of Cyprus, and recalled that it remains crucial that Turkey commits and contributes to the process and to a fair, comprehensive and viable settlement within the UN framework, in accordance with UNSC resolutions and in line with EU principles and the EU acquis.

Turkey is an important trade partner for the EU and the EU reaffirmed that the economic links between Turkey and the EU are strong. Noting the challenges faced by the Turkish economy, the EU stressed that the known vulnerabilities needed to be addressed to create stable economic and monetary conditions. Reviewing the relations under the Association Agreement and the Customs Union, the EU called on Turkey to ensure that the existing Customs Union functions in a non-discriminatory way towards all Member States. The EU also recalled the June 2018 Council conclusions, which state that no further work towards the modernisation of the EU-Turkey Customs Union is foreseen.

The EU also pledged its continued support for Turkey in its fight against terrorism, while stressing that all counter-terrorist actions must respect the principles of democracy, human rights and international law. The EU strongly urged a return to a credible and inclusive political settlement of the situation in the south east, based on genuine dialogue leading to a sustained political solution.



İKV Başkanı Ayhan Zeytinoğlu bugün yapılan 54’üncü Ortaklık Konseyi toplantısını değerlendirdi. Başkan Zeytinoğlu 4 yıllık bir aradan sonra yapılan toplantının Türkiye-AB ilişkilerinde normalleşme açısından son derece yararlı olduğunu belirtti ve sözlerine şöyle devam etti:

Türkiye ve AB arasındaki ilişkilerin temel karar organı olan Ortaklık Konseyi’nin 4 yıllık bir aradan sonra toplanması ümit vericidir. AB Güvenlik ve Dış Politika Yüksek Temsilcisi Federica Mogherini’nin Türkiye’nin aday ülke olduğunu vurgulaması ve Dışişleri Bakanımız Mevlut Çavuşoğlu’nun Türkiye’nin katılım süreci ve reformlara olan bağlılığını belirtmesi katılım sürecinin devamı açısından son derecede önemlidir. Türkiye ve AB arasında çeşitli alanlarda görüş ayrılıkları olsa da, özellikle güvenlik ve dış politika alanında birçok ortak nokta da bulunmaktadır. Türkiye-AB ilişkilerinin ileriye gitmesi yönünde hangi alanlarda adım atılabileceği bellidir. Bu alanların başında katılım müzakereleri gelmektedir ki Dışişleri Bakanımız fasılların açılması konusunu gündeme getirmiştir. Bunun dışında gümrük birliğinin güncellenmesi ve vize serbestliği de ilerleme sağlanmasının faydalı olacağı alanlardır. Bu Ortaklık Konseyi toplantısında ileriye yönelik somut adımlar atılması mümkün olmasa da, Türkiye ve AB’nin bir araya gelerek diyalog içinde olması, işbirliği alanlarının tespit edilmesi ve görüş ayrılıklarının da karşılıklı olarak ifade edilmesi ilişkilerin geleceği açısından sağlıklıdır. Sürecin düzenli bir şekilde ilerlemesi Türkiye ve AB’nin birbirini daha iyi anlamasına ve sorunların çözümüne yardımcı olacaktır.

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