PES Secretary General Philip Cordery met with Mr Faruk Loğoğlu, Deputy Chairman of the CHP, Turkey

Deputy Chairman of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) Mr. Faruk Loğoğlu and PES Secretary General Philip Cordery

Today the PES Secretary General Philip Cordery met with Deputy Chairman of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) Mr. Faruk Loğoğlu. During the meeting the current political situation and struggles in Turkey were discussed. The PES is concerned about the continuing repressions of freedom of speech and assembly in Turkey. This ominous situation has recently escalated with the case against CHP leader Mr. Kemal Kilicdaroglu. The PES criticizes the politically motivated actions of the State Prosecutor in this case.

During the meeting, the upcoming PES paper entitled “A Call for a Renewed EU-Turkey Agenda”, was discussed. Following eight years of negotiations the Turkish Accession is still stalled, with no expectations that things will change. The PES is committed to furthering the Accession negotiations with Turkey and urges the EU Commission and EU Member States to ensure that this occurs.

Mr. Cordery stated that “the meeting was very positive. The PES will continue to support Mr. Kilicdaroglu in the struggle for democracy and social justice in Turkey. The PES believes that the EU should have an inclusionary vision and that Turkish membership is the ultimate goal.”

About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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