EUROPEAN UNION (OBSERVATORY) – European Union Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy and accession negotiations, Johannes Han, said Turkey continues to move away from the European Union.
“The analysis shows that Turkey continues to move away from the European Union, especially in the areas of rule of law and fundamental rights,” Johannes Han said at a news conference in Strasbourg on Tuesday. “The European Commission has repeatedly called on Turkey to reverse this negative trend,” he said.
The European official stressed that Turkey is still considered a key partner of the Union, expressing the intention of Brussels to continue cooperation with Ankara in files of mutual interest.
Johannes Han said that the European Commission does not intend to open new chapters during the negotiations on Turkey’s accession to the European Union.
For its part, the European Commission in its annual report on its relations with Turkey as a candidate country to join the Union that Ankara did not make any progress in the fight against corruption, noting that the legal frameworks and institutions in Turkey need to conform to international standards. Turkey must implement all the Council of Europe’s recommendations on combating corruption, the commission said.
According to the report, Turkey has not implemented 7 out of the 72 requests to cancel the visa regime with the European Union.
Sixteen negotiating chapters were opened out of 35 in the framework of Turkey’s membership in the European Union, while Brussels intensified negotiations with Turkey in March last year after Ankara agreed to contribute to reducing the flow of migrants to Europe.