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Reforms in the Western Balkans and Turkey: annual assessments and recommendations

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29.5.2019 – Confirming that a credible enlargement policy is a geostrategic investment in peace, stability, security and economic growth in the whole of Europe, the Commission today adopted its annual assessment of the implementation of reforms in the Western Balkan partners and Turkey, together with recommendations on the next steps for those countries. Western Balkans A [...]

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Enlargement of the Western Balkans and Turkey

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17.4.2018 – The European Commission adopted today its annual Enlargement Package, including seven individual reports, assessing the implementation of the European Union’s enlargement policy which is based on established criteria and fair and rigorous conditionality. Progress along the European path is an objective and merit-based process which depends on the concrete results achieved by each [...]

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Pre-accession support to Turkey


8.11.2017-Following the leaders’ debate on Turkeyat the October European Council, the College discussed the matter today. Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations gave an overview of current pre-accession (IPA) support and the next steps to be taken. The Commission will act on the invitation of the European Council to present options [...]

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Socialna varnost za begince v Turčiji


16.10.2017 -The EU funded Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) programme has now reached one million refugees living in Turkey. Launched by the European Commission in September 2016, and implemented by the World Food Programme and the Turkish Red Crescent in collaboration with the Turkish government, the flagship programme is the largest ever humanitarian aid operation [...]

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Less democracy in Turkey


Hours after the referendum result, Statistics Institute figures showed the unemployment rate reached 13 percent in the three months to February, from 11.1 percent a year earlier. The non-farm jobless rate rose to 15.3 percent and youth unemployment surged to 24.5 percent from 19.2. The overall message: “Erdoğan got what he wanted … but he [...]

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Turkey coup against President Erdogan

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An attempted Turkish military coup appeared to crumble in the early hours of Saturday after crowds answered President Tayyip Erdogan’s call to take to the streets to support him. Gunfire and explosions had rocked both the main city Istanbul and capital Ankara in a chaotic night after soldiers took up positions in both cities and [...]

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Pogress made in the implementation of the EU-Turkey Statement


15 June 2016 the Commission adopted its second report on the EU-Turkey Statement showing that while there has been further good progress in its implementation, progress achieved so far remains fragile. The continued successful implementation depends mainly on the political determination of all parties involved. The sharp and continued decrease of people crossing irregularly or [...]

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Turkey-EU Counter Terrorism Dialogue

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In the framework of their regular exchanges on counter-terrorism, Turkey and the European Union held the Turkey-EU Counter-Terrorism (CT) Dialogue in Brussels on 8 June 2016. Terrorism poses a direct threat to our countries and our citizens. The EU and Turkey recognised the importance of the need to work together closely as key partners and [...]

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EU and Turkey joint action for better migration management


The European Commission reached an agreement with Turkey on a Joint Action Plan to step up their cooperation on migration management in a coordinated effort to tackle the refugee crisis. The action plan has already been endorsed by Heads of State and Government of the EU’s 28 Member States. The Action Plan identifies a series of [...]

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Turkey’s Historical Responsibility


One hundred years ago, on April 24, 1915, officials of the Ottoman Empire rounded up some 250 Armenian leaders and intellectuals in Constantinople and prepared them for deportation. It was the beginning of a historic massacre, in which as many as 1.5 million of the two million Armenians living in the empire were killed. In [...]

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Why Acknowledge the Armenian Genocide?

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The centenary of the genocide carried out by the Ottoman government against its minority Armenian population in their historic homeland, which lies in present-day Turkey, will be observed on April 24. The commemorations present an opportunity not only to remember the 1.5 million victims, but also to recognize – and challenge – the Turkish government’s [...]

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