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Proposal for Spring Congress 05. - 07. April 2019

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Submitted at Friday, 8. March 2019 um 10:32 Uhr, in category "Chapter 9 – External Relations and Foreign Affairs" with No. 901. Author/s: "Junge Liberale JuLis.

The Spring Congress may decide:

The relationship with Turkey under assessment

Considering that:

  • Turkey was officially recognized as a candidate for full EU-membership in December 1999, about twenty years ago and negotiations have been spanning over the course of fourteen years now - yet, not even half of the necessary chapters which have to be opened and completed for the accession process to be successful have been touched until this day. The talks have reached a stalemate.
  • From the coup attempt in July 2016 until November 2016, about 120,000 Turks were dismissed or suspended from their public sector jobs, 40,000 Turks arrested, scores of journalists rounded up and figures of the political opposition detained.
  • The freedom of speech and the freedom of press are under attack in Turkey to the point where journalists from EU-member states have been taken into custody without a fair trial.
  • Turkey’s president Erdogan has recently stated that he is in favour of the death penalty.
  • Turkey is financially supported by the European Union with "pre-accession aid" amounting to several billion euros.

Recognizing that:

-    In 2016, the European Parliament passed a resolution requesting the European Commission to suspend the accession talks. In 2019, a European parliament committee voted to suspend the accession talks.

- The EU General Affairs Council pointed out that Turkey has been moving further away from the European Union and the negotiations are not leading anywhere, stating that “no further chapters can be considered for opening or closing”.

Believing that:

-    The people of the member states of the European Union and the people of Turkey deserve more than political stalemate. Since an accession seems to be out of question with regards to the political development and the human rights development in Turkey, other dialogue channels should be opened in order to foster the discourse between the EU and Turkey.

- To keep the accession talks open without any chance of success in sight is not fair - especially not to those within the Turkish civil society who are affected by the recent political development and must fear oppression.

The European Liberal Youth calls for:

-   The stop of the EU-accession talks with Turkey.

-    An assessment of common grounds as the basis for a new, strategic partnership which does the people of Turkey and the people of EU-member states justice.

- to remain in dialogue with Turkey. This dialogue should take place not only at diplomatic level, but especially at civil society level as well as on the industry and business level.

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Amendments for this proprosal:

  • [11328] Insert in: Page 1, Line 38 (Antragsteller: LHG (Esther Steverding)). / V1

    Submitted at Friday, 29. March 2019 um 09:30 Uhr. Authors: "LHG (Esther Steverding)".

    - to maintain the ERASMUS+ cooperation with Turkey.

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  • [11237] Insert in: Page 36, Line 10, Abschnitt: 1 (Antragsteller: JNC). / V1

    Add new bullet point

    Submitted at Thursday, 28. March 2019 um 11:15 Uhr. Authors: "JNC".

    "Over 300 Kurds are currently on hunger strike in Turkish prisons, Kurdistan, Europe and North America, including Leyla Güven - a democratically elected Kurdish MP to the Turkish Parliament -, calling for an end to the isolation of jalied Kurdish leader Abdulla Öcalan and put pressure on the European Committee for the Prevention of Turture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) to fulfil its duties". 

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  • [11251] Insert after: Page 36, Line 16, Abschnitt: 1 (Antragsteller: YMRF). / V1

    new paragraph after line 16

    Submitted at Thursday, 28. March 2019 um 12:17 Uhr. Authors: "YMRF".

    According to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Turkey hosts the largest refugee population in the world, with more than 3 million registered refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

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  • [11252] Insert after: Page 36, Line 16, Abschnitt: 1 (Antragsteller: YMRF). / V1

    New paragraph after line 16

    Submitted at Thursday, 28. March 2019 um 12:22 Uhr. Authors: "YMRF".

    Turkey is the EU’s fifth largest trading partner, while the EU is Turkey’s largest. In addition, Turkey is an important growth market for the EU, while at the same time two thirds of Foreign Direct Investment in Turkey comes from EU Member States.

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  • [11253] Insert after: Page 36, Line 16, Abschnitt: 1 (Antragsteller: YMRF). / V1

    New paragraph after line 16

    Submitted at Thursday, 28. March 2019 um 12:28 Uhr. Authors: "YMRF".

    EU and Turkey face common challenges and need to cooperate in essential areas of joint interest such as security, defence, migration, counterterrorism, energy, transport, economy and trade. Continued engagement and an open and frank dialogue with Turkey is of utmost importance.

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  • [11254] Insert after: Page 36, Line 16, Abschnitt: 1 (Antragsteller: YMRF). / V1

    New paragraph

    Submitted at Thursday, 28. March 2019 um 12:29 Uhr. Authors: "YMRF".

    Turkey is a longstanding member of the NATO alliance and sits at a key geostrategic location for maintaining regional and European security. Partnership and enhanced cooperation between the EU and Turkey is for the benefit of all: the EU, NATO and each of our Member States.

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  • [11255] Insert after: Page 36, Line 23, Abschnitt: 2 (Antragsteller: YMRF). / V1

    New paragraph

    Submitted at Thursday, 28. March 2019 um 12:31 Uhr. Authors: "YMRF".

    Since the introduction of the state of emergency the number of asylum applications by Turkish citizens has risen dramatically, the result being that Turkey now occupies fifth place in terms of numbers of asylum applications submitted in EU Member States, according to the European Asylum Support Office. In September 2018 more than 16 000 applications were still waiting a first instance decision.

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  • [11256] Insert after: Page 36, Line 23, Abschnitt: 2 (Antragsteller: YMRF). / V1

    new paragraph

    Submitted at Thursday, 28. March 2019 um 12:32 Uhr. Authors: "YMRF".

    The EU-Turkey Joint Action Plan for refugees and migration management and the March 2016 EU-Turkey statement are continuing to be implemented in the interest of both parties. This successful cooperation has led to a drastic decrease in deaths at sea and a substantial reduction in irregular migrant arrivals from Turkey.

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  • [11257] Insert after: Page 36, Line 23, Abschnitt: 2 (Antragsteller: YMRF). / V1

    new paragraph

    Submitted at Thursday, 28. March 2019 um 12:34 Uhr. Authors: "YMRF".

    Visa liberalisation is of great importance for the Turkish citizens, particularly for students, academics, business representatives and people with family ties in EU Member States. Stresses, furthermore, that the Turkish Government should fully comply with the 72 criteria identified in the visa liberalisation roadmap with the EU, in order to eliminate the visa requirements for Turkish nationals wishing to enter the European Union.

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  • [11262] Insert after: Page 36, Line 26 (Antragsteller: YMRF). / V1

    insert the text after the word "question"

    Submitted at Thursday, 28. March 2019 um 22:09 Uhr. Authors: "YMRF".

    at the current stage,

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  • [11265] Insert after: Page 36, Line 28 (Antragsteller: YMRF). / V1

    insert after the words "should be"

    Submitted at Thursday, 28. March 2019 um 22:12 Uhr. Authors: "YMRF".

    also

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  • [11267] Insert after: Page 36, Line 28 (Antragsteller: YMRF). / V1

    new paragraph

    Submitted at Thursday, 28. March 2019 um 22:16 Uhr. Authors: "YMRF".

    Turkey is playing an important role in responding to the migration crisis resulting from the war in Syria, as the country and its population have shown great hospitality by offering shelter to more than 3.5 million Syrian refugees. Underlines that there are about one million Syrian children of school age in Turkey.

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  • [11270] Insert after: Page 36, Line 28 (Antragsteller: YMRF). / V1

    new paragraph

    Submitted at Thursday, 28. March 2019 um 22:21 Uhr. Authors: "YMRF".

    The EU accession process has been a strong motivation for reforms in Turkey and it can be used to spread and defend the values and principles on which the European Union is founded. It is a tool, which has significant influence on Turkey’s path towards democracy and therefore it should be effectively used.

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  • [11271] Insert after: Page 36, Line 28 (Antragsteller: YMRF). / V1

    new paragraph

    Submitted at Thursday, 28. March 2019 um 22:25 Uhr. Authors: "YMRF".

    The modernisation and the upgrade of the Customs Union, such as the inclusion of relevant sectors as agriculture, services and public procurement, would further strengthen the already strong ties between Turkey and the EU and would keep Turkey economically connected to the EU.

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  • [11268] Delete: Page 36, Line 29 to Page 36, Line 31 (Antragsteller: YMRF). / V1

    Submitted at Thursday, 28. March 2019 um 22:19 Uhr. Authors: "YMRF".

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  • [11273] Insert after: Page 36, Line 32 (Antragsteller: YMRF). / V1

    new paragraph

    Submitted at Thursday, 28. March 2019 um 22:30 Uhr. Authors: "YMRF".

    the relationship between Turkey and the EU to be redefined in terms of an effective partnership which does not close the door on Turkey’s future European ambitions.

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  • [11274] Delete: Page 37, Line 33 to Page 37, Line 33 (Antragsteller: YMRF). / V1

    Submitted at Thursday, 28. March 2019 um 22:33 Uhr. Authors: "YMRF".

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  • [11285] Replace: Page 37, Line 33 to Page 37, Line 33, Abschnitt: 3 (Antragsteller: Bálint Gyévai (IMS)). / V1

    Replace the stop of the EU accession talks with Turkey ...

    Submitted at Thursday, 28. March 2019 um 23:03 Uhr. Authors: "Bálint Gyévai (IMS)".

    The end of the current accession process without closing the door to future European perspective for Turkey and strengthen relationship with the civil society. 

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  • [11278] Delete: Page 37, Line 34 to Page 37, Line 36 (Antragsteller: YMRF). / V1

    "which does the people of Turkey and the people of EU-member states justice"

    Submitted at Thursday, 28. March 2019 um 22:45 Uhr. Authors: "YMRF".

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  • [11276] Insert in: Page 37, Line 34 (Antragsteller: YMRF). / V1

    insert after the word "strategic"

    Submitted at Thursday, 28. March 2019 um 22:40 Uhr. Authors: "YMRF".

    and effective

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  • [11286] Insert after: Page 37, Line 35, Abschnitt: 3 (Antragsteller: Bálint Gyévai (IMS)). / V1

    Insert after states justice ...

    Submitted at Thursday, 28. March 2019 um 23:06 Uhr. Authors: "Bálint Gyévai (IMS)".

    This strategic partnership should also contain provisions on human rights, democracy and rule of law in order to seek improvement to the current situation. 

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  • [11240] Replace: Page 37, Line 36 to Page 37, Line 36, Abschnitt: 4 (Antragsteller: JNC). / V1

    Submitted at Thursday, 28. March 2019 um 11:18 Uhr. Authors: "JNC".

    "to remain" for "remaining"

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  • [11279] Insert in: Page 37, Line 36 (Antragsteller: YMRF). / V1

    after the words "to remain in"

    Submitted at Thursday, 28. March 2019 um 22:48 Uhr. Authors: "YMRF".

    political and democratic

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  • [11238] Insert after: Page 37, Line 37, Abschnitt: 4 (Antragsteller: JNC). / V1

    Submitted at Thursday, 28. March 2019 um 11:17 Uhr. Authors: "JNC".

    ", so as to empower the individuals living there and counter the thread of islamic radicalisation of the Turkish population."

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  • [11280] Insert after: Page 37, Line 37 (Antragsteller: YMRF). / V1

    new paragraph

    Submitted at Thursday, 28. March 2019 um 22:50 Uhr. Authors: "YMRF".

    to use the funds currently allocated under the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance for protection and promotion of democratic values and principles, human rights and the rule of law.

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  • [11281] Insert after: Page 37, Line 37 (Antragsteller: YMRF). / V1

    new paragraph

    Submitted at Thursday, 28. March 2019 um 22:52 Uhr. Authors: "YMRF".

    Upgrade of the Customs Union as an important instrument for closer economic relations between the EU and Turkey.

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  • [11282] Insert after: Page 37, Line 37 (Antragsteller: YMRF). / V1

    new paragraph

    Submitted at Thursday, 28. March 2019 um 22:54 Uhr. Authors: "YMRF".

    Maintaining close dialogue and cooperation on foreign policy and security issues, particularly further alignment on foreign policy, defence and security issues, including counter-terrorism cooperation.

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  • [11358] Insert after: Page 37, Line 37 (Antragsteller: LYMEC Bureau - Antoaneta Asenova). / V1

    After line 37, add the following : "Archiving Resolutions 2.50, 9.61 and 9.65".

    Submitted at Friday, 29. March 2019 um 10:54 Uhr. Authors: "LYMEC Bureau - Antoaneta Asenova".

    Archiving Resolutions 2.50, 9.61 and 9.65.

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