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La Turchia e l´Unione Europea: ragioni di una scelta storica - Conferenza Internazionale, 6 e 7 dicembre 2004 - Parlamento Europeo, Sala Anna Lindh (PHS 1A002) - Bruxelles
 

MEMBERS OF THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION

Martti Ahtisaari

Martti Ahtisaari
(Finland)
Former President of the Republic of Finland, 1994-2000

Kurt Biedenkopf

Kurt Biedenkopf
(Germany)
Former Minister President of Saxony

Emma Bonino

Emma Bonino
(Italy)
Member of the European Parliament and Former European Commissioner, 1994-1999

Hans van den Broek

Hans van den Broek
(Netherlands)
Former European Commissioner, 1994-1999

Bronislaw Geremek

Bronislaw Geremek †
(Poland)
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, 1997-2000

Anthony Giddens

Anthony Giddens
(UK)
Professor of Sociology, University of Cambridge

Marcelino Oreja Aguirre

Marcelino Oreja Aguirre
(Spain)
Former European Commissioner, 1994-1999

Michel Rocard

Michel Rocard
(France)
Former Prime Minister of France, 1988-1991

Albert Rohan

Albert Rohan
(Austria)
Former Austrian Secretary General for Foreign Affairs, 1996-2001

Martti Ahtisaari will act as Chair of the Commission.

Albert Rohan, former Austrian Secretary General of Foreign Affairs will act as Rapporteur for the Commission.

The Commission is supported by the British Council and the Open Society Institute.
 

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PROMINENT EUROPEANS ESTABLISH INDEPENDENT COMMISSION ON TURKEY

TURKEY MAPBruxelles, March 10, 2004 - A group of distinguished European policy makers have formed an Independent Commission to examine the challenges and opportunities presented by Turkey’s possible membership of the European Union. The Commission is made up of Europeans who have previously held high positions in public office.

written declaration
October 6, 2004 - Immediately after the Recommendation of the Euopean Commmission on Turkey's progress towards accession, five MEP - Emma Bonino, ALDE; Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Greens; Bronislaw Geremek, ALDE; Joao de Deus Pinheiro, PPE; Michel Rocard, PSE - proposed a written declaration (here available in 19 languages) according to article 116 of the Euopean Parliament's Rules of Procedures.
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Members include former Heads of State and Government, Foreign Ministers and European Commissioners. The Commission will meet regularly during the coming months before presenting a report on its findings in September 2004.

Martti Ahtisaari, former Finnish President and Chair of the Independent Commission, stated «We hope this Commission will contribute to a more rational and balanced debate. Our Commission could play an important role in bridging differences over Turkey’s possible accession». The forthcoming decision by the European Council on accession negotiations with Turkey has caused an intensive public debate in most parts of Europe, raising many and sometimes highly emotional arguments against Turkish membership of the European Union. The Independent Commission will address these arguments and explore the potential benefits and challenges of Turkey’s membership. The Commission will not cover matters currently under review by the European Commission as part of its Progress.

 

 


 

EU’S CREDIBILITY AT RISK IF TURKEY'S ACCESSION PROCESS STALLS

Brussels, September 7, 2009 - With a new round of peace talks on Cyprus resuming this month, a group of distinguished Europeans today issued a report urging the two sides to arrive at a settlement in order to remove obstacles to the accession negotiations between Turkey and the European Union.

“Turkey’s progress towards joining the European Union would get a major boost from resolving the division of Cyprus,” said Martti Ahtisaari, Chair of the Independent Commission and the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. “The seductive idea that the status quo can go on forever is a delusion. The cost of inaction this time around is too high.”

Turkey in Europe: Breaking the Vicious Circle, the second report of the Independent Commission on Turkey, analyses the key developments in EU-Turkey relations and puts forward concrete steps necessary to revive negotiations. The report also argues for deeper convergence between Turkey and the EU not only to drive further transformation in Turkey but also to restore European credibility.

Despite a promising start to negotiations in 2004, the process has become a vicious cycle: fierce opposition from some European politicians combined with growing public resistance to further EU enlargement, in turn has deepened resentment in Turkey and slowed the necessary reforms.

To breathe new life into the negotiations, the EU must simply follow through on previous commitments to keep the path to membership open; no new promises are needed,” said Ahtisaari.

The report’s other conclusions include:

  • The shared objective of negotiations with Turkey is accession, not any alternative such as a “privileged partnership”.
     

  • Turkey is a key geo-strategic partner for Europe, particularly because of its regional role and its central location for energy supplies from the Caspian Sea, Central Asia and the Middle East.
     

  • After a golden age of reforms between 2000 and 2005, domestic political disruptions have distracted Turkey from reforms. Two years without elections now lie ahead, and all sides must act now to prevent the country's convergence with the EU from stalling. Comprehensive, consistent and sustained progress towards more democracy at home is the best way to persuade more Europeans of Turkey's EU compatibility.
     

  • The Independent Commission remains convinced of the huge benefits of Turkish convergence with Europe, and eventual EU membership of a transformed Turkey, both for the country itself and the European Union. .

     


LAUNCH OF THE INDEPENDENT COMMISSION'S REPORT IN EUROPEAN CAPITALS
Brussels - September 6, 2004

Brussels, September 6, 2004 - The Report's presentation has been held at the European Policy Center

Brussels, September 6, 2004 - The Report's presentation has been held at the European Policy Center.


London, September 9, 2004 - "Report's presentation at the Foreign Press Association

London, September 9, 2004 - "Report's presentation at the Foreign Press Association.


Barcelona, September 13, 2004 - Report's presentation at the European Institute of Mediterranean Affairs

Barcelona, September 13, 2004 - Report's presentation at the European Institute of Mediterranean Affairs.


The official website of the Independent Commission on Turkey:
http://www.independentcommissiononturkey.org/

 


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