A negative progress report on Turkey announced by European Commission

The progress report on Turkey’s pre-accession course was announced by the European Commission yesterday. The report contains a lot of references of Turkey’s failure to comply with its obligations, mostly ones regarding Cyprus.

These include:

  • Turkey’s reaction to Cyprus’s assumption of EU Presidency, Turkey stated that it wouldn’t attend any meetings chaired by the Cypriot EU Council Presidency. Including an official Turkish government circular that instructed officials to abstain from meetings and contacts.
  • Threats towards an EU member state, Cyprus, regarding its right to exploit hydrocarbon reserves in its Exclusive Economic Area.
  • Its refusal to recognize the Republic of Cyprus and the Cypriot EU Presidency.
  •  Turkey failure to meet its obligation to ensure full, non discriminatory implementation of the Additional Protocol to the Association Agreement.
  • Failure to remove all obstacles to the free movement of goods with Cyprus, including restriction on direct transport links.
  • Failure to make any progress on normalizing bilateral relations with Republic of Cyprus.
  • The report also mentions that Turkey continued to issue statements of objection to drilling operations by the Republic of Cyprus and threatened retaliation against participating oil companies.
  • Failure to comply with obligations outlined in declaration by European Community and its member states of 21st September 2005 and council conclusions of December 2006 and December 2011 despite being repeatedly requested by the Council and Commission.