EU accession talks
Christian Berger, outgoing head of the EU Delegation to Turkey, has said that although Ankara has met a majority of the EU's requirements for visa liberation, a couple of remaining criteria continue to remain challenging hurdles that the Turkish government needs to tackle. “The Turkish ministries need to tell us how they these issues will be solved. We are here, so the process is still continuing,” he said, emphasizing the importance of the superiority of law and right to a fair trial.
The European Parliament held a debate entitled “Stability and Security in the Mediterranean and the negative role of Turkey” on July 9. Several MEPs called for a complete end to accessions talks with Turkey, saying the country should no longer receive payments from the EU budget as part of pre-accession support.