Published On: Thu, Nov 24th, 2016

EU Parliament adopts temporary motion to freeze Turkey’s accession to EU

EU Parliament backs motion to temporarily freeze Turkey’s accession. The European Parliament adopted a temporary motion on Thursday, urging member-states to freeze Turkey’s accession to the bloc. The vote threatens to deepen the rift between Ankara and the European Union, although it will not be binding and European Union states are for the most part against halting the drawn-out accession process. The motion was approved by 479 votes to 37, with 107 abstentions. MEPs agreed on nine clauses which include the ‘freeze’ expression, arguing Turkey is violating seven of 72 criteria crucial for the continuation of membership talks. The text said Turkey used “non-proportional security measures” during the country’s state of emergency, extended for another 90 days in October following the July 15 failed coup attempt.

Thursday’s motion comes as Ankara has been fighting the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ) following Turkey’s defeated coup attempt on July 15. Tens of thousands of state employees have been dismissed over suspected links to FETÖ. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has already dismissed the vote as having “no value” as it is non-binding, and as most European Union member states so far want to keep the Turkey talks on track.

The Ministry for EU Affairs released a statement regarding the vote on Turkey-EU relations, saying that the European Council has the final decision-making power to temporarily suspend membership negotiations.


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