Turkey - Erdoğan visit
Talks useful but overall fail to convince
Greens/EFA MEP Hélène Flautre, Chair of the Delegation to the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee, commented after the meeting:
"Prime Minister Erdoğan showed a willingness to listen to MEPs’ criticism. In fact, he interacted extensively with the MEPs present and reaffirmed his country’s commitment to the EU.
The government’s plan to place the High Council of Judges and Prosecutors under the supervision of the executive clearly goes against its commitment to respect the separation of powers.
We hope that the Prime Minister’s commitment to guarantee the independence of the judiciary and European standards will form the basis of parliamentary debates in Turkey."