Turkey's accession negotiations cannot resume under the current circumstances, while other ways of cooperation between the European Union and Turkey should be sought, European Parliament (EP) Deputy Spokesperson Delphine Colard said during a press conference on Monday, in Strasbourg, quoting a report on Turkey due to be voted on by MEPs this week.
Responding to a question regarding the importance the EU attaches to the resolution of the Cyprus issue as a condition for Turkey's accession negotiations, Colard referred to the EP's report on Turkey, which was prepared by the Spanish MEP of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, Nacho Sánchez Amor. As she said, the report notes that Turkey's accession negotiations cannot resume under the current circumstances and other ways of cooperation between the European Union and Turkey should be sought.
During the press conference, the EP's spokesperson, Jaume Duch Guillot, and the deputy spokesperson, Delphine Colard, said that the main issues that will concern the September Plenary are the debate on the state of the European Union with the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, the official meeting with the leader of the opposition of Belarus, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, as well as the legislation to strengthen the use of renewable energy sources. In addition, they said, the EP's position on the critical raw materials act, the improvement of EU air quality, the joint procurement of defence products, Ukraine's grain exports and the vote on Commissioner-designate from Bulgaria Iliana Ivanova will be discussed.
At the same time, it was noted that on Tuesday afternoon the High Representative of the EU, Josep Borrell, will answer MEPs' questions about the situation in West and Central Africa in the light of the recent coups d' état and will make a statement about the situation in Iran one year after the murder of Jina Mahsa Amini, as well as on the new EU agenda for Latin America and the Caribbean in the aftermath of the EU-CELAC Summit.
Source: Cyprus News Agency