Joint visit of Christian Danielsson, Director General for Neighbourhood & Enlargement Negotiations, and Thomas Mayr-Harting, Managing Director at the EEAS, to Ankara, 22-24 August 2016

A senior officials’ delegation from the European Commission and the European External Action Service (EEAS) arrived today in Ankara for a three-day visit which is due to last until 24 August. Christian Danielsson, Director-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations at the European Commission, and Thomas Mayr-Harting, Managing Director for Europe & Central Asia at the European External Action Service, will hold discussions with the Turkish authorities on EU-Turkey relations. They will be accompanied by Simon Mordue, Director for Strategy and Turkey at the European Commission and Angelina Eichhorst, Director for Western Europe, Western Balkans and Turkey at the European External Action Service.

During the visit, a series of meetings will take place with senior representatives of the four political parties represented in the Turkish Grand National Assembly, the office of the President of the Republic of Turkey, the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, EU Affairs and Justice. In addition, discussions will be held with civil society representatives.

The visit follows a number of close contacts the EU had at different levels with Turkish counterparts since the attempted coup of 15 July. Presidents Tusk and Juncker, the High-Representative/Vice-President Mogherini and Commissioner Hahn were among the very first international actors to condemn the coup and express their full support to the democratic institutions of the country. In their Council conclusions adopted on 18 July, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the 28 Members States also strongly condemned the coup attempt, stressed the importance of the rule of law prevailing, and expressed solidarity with the Turkish people.

Turkey is a candidate county and a key partner for the European Union. The EU is committed to working together with a democratic, open and inclusive Turkey to address our common challenges.

from News

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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