A report on Turkish preparations required for negotiations to join the European Union has described reform progress as ‘remaining limited’.
The European Parliament report urges Turkish troop withdrawal from Cyprus, civilian oversight of any military role in Turkish society and more respect for the rights of women and minorities.
Obstacles in Turkey’s talks to join the EU — begun in 2005 — have seriously disrupted them.
A Turkey-EU relations expert in Istanbul, Can Baydarol, told euronews that some things about the new European Commission encourage the Turks.
But he said: “We all know the Commission’s role isn’t decisive. Political questions will determine how the negotiations go” with the EU member states. And he predicted a coming confrontation over Turkish questions between the Commission and EU countries.
The parliament is also concerned about political rights and media freedom.
To advance its EU bid, Strasbourg said, Turkey’s political initiatives have to become more concrete.