EU Enlargement Commissioner Hahn: Sweet Words are not Enough

Concerning Turkey’s efforts to get close with the EU countries, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Hahn has said, “Just sweet words are not enough. There are still tens of thousands of journalists, lawyers and academics in prison”.

In an interview to Germany-based news agency dpa, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn has said that the ties between Turkey and the EU “should be rendered more realistic”.

Hahn stated that a “strategic partnership” can be formed with Turkey instead of full membership as President of France Emmanuel Macron brought to agenda recently, and that hopefully the EU members will discuss this proposal.

Concerning Turkey seeking to have closer ties with the EU countries, Hahn said, “Just sweet words are not enough. What matters is the facts and these facts haven’t changed yet”.

“Their detention is unacceptable”

“There are still tens of thousands of journalists, lawyers, academics and civil servants in prison. There is no change in this situation which is unacceptable in terms of rule of law”.

Hahn criticized Germany’s suggestion to “meet the aids promised to Turkey for Syrian refugees from EU budget”. “If the member countries want the new expenses to be met from the common budget, then they should say how to provide this fund”.



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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