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Written Question about the Appendix letter to the EU-Turkey deal

On January 12, Marietje Schaake submitted the following priority Parliamentary Written Questions to the European Commission concerning the Appendix letter to the EU-Turkey deal. Author: Marietje Schaake Subject: Appendix letter to EU-Turkey deal On 10/12/2015 I - together with 33 other MEPs - sent a letter (1) to President Juncker and VP Timmemans in which we asked to publish a letter sent by President Juncker to Turkish Prime Minister Davutoglu, which contains important details on the EU-Turkey deal of 29 November (4), in particular on the future opening of a number of accession chapters. Unfortunately we have not received an answer to our request. 1. According to the Dutch government, the letter is an official EU-document to which Regulation 1049/2001 applies (2). According to Turkish diplomatic sources the letter is "a letter of commitment" or an "appendix" to the deal (3).What is the status of this particular letter, and why has the Commission not made it available yet? Since the letter is believed to be an important addendum to the EU-Turkey deal, it deserves to be known by the greater public. 2. Why are letters sent by the Commission not registered in the official register of Commission documents, while VP Timmermans quoted from the letter in the EP on 02/12/2015 (5)? 3. What is the precise legal status of the EU-Turkey deal of 29 November? Please specify if it has another status than an international agreement or an administrative agreement. (1) /2015/12/letter-to-european-commission-president-juncker-and-first-vice-president-timmermans-on-the-deal-between-the-eu-and-turkey/ (2) (3) (4) (5)

See also on Turkey:

08-01 VP Timmermans must address key concerns in Ankara, not only EU’s interest to curb the flows of refugees

14-12 Written Questions on Turkey detaining 3,000 refugees after EU deal

10-12 Letter to European Commission President Juncker and First Vice-President Timmermans on the deal between the EU and Turkey

02-12 Media (Carnegie Europe) – Judy Asks: Is the EU Selling Out to Turkey?

01-12 Schaake responds to ruling ECHR Turkey

30-11 Media (New York Times) – E.U. Offers Turkey 3 Billion Euros to Stem Migrant Flow

10-11 MEP: Undermining of Turkish rule of law and freedom of expression are big concern for Europe

29-10 Media (Euronews: The Network) – Are refugees or civil rights the priority in Turkey? 26-10 Media (France24, Talking Europe) – The EU and Turkey: Who needs whom more? 20-10 Blog (Project Syndicate) – Talking Tough to Turkey 23-10 Letter to President Juncker and High Representative Mogherini concerning the EU-Turkey Joint Action Plan 12-10 Written Questions on halting the broadcast of tv channels in Turkey