Michel and EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen held a press conference after the EU Leaders Summit, which was held by video conferencing and was completed in one day although it was planned for two days.
Michel, said they hoped to improve relations with Turkey, “At the same time our attitude to Turkey to resume the positive and moderate importance. We hope that the fruitful dialogue.” said.
Michel indicates that they are cautious, “We are in contact for a visit to Turkey in April, probably with the Turkish authorities.” he spoke.
Emphasizing that the Eastern Mediterranean is one of the priority issues for the EU and its member countries, Michel expressed that they are pleased that the tension has been reduced and that they wish it to continue. Michel, they want a positive agenda with Turkey, but by vurrgula that it is conditional, he continued:
“In Turkey the next weeks and months if he continues the moderate attitude we are ready to put the EU and the members of the board more concrete proposals. We want a relationship more predictable with Turkey. The titles in enhanced relationship updating the Customs Union, and contact between society and travel, and of course subject of immigration. ”
Michel expressed that they hope to take official decisions by discussing the issue again at the EU Leaders Summit to be held in June.
ASSISTANCE TO REFUGEES WILL CONTINUE
The EU Commission President von der Leyen reminded that they were in a video conference call last week with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, including relations with some EU countries since the EU summit in December in Turkey said that exhibit a more constructive attitude.
“These are the positive steps we need to add to. But the reduced tension remains fragile for the time being,” Von der Leyen said. said.
Turkey-EU relations will follow the two-step approach that saves von der Leyen, especially on migration, including asylum seekers Syrian financing, high-level dialogue and updating of the Customs Union expressed their wish to progress their title.
Von der Leyen: “Turkey is not a constructive attitude and unilateral steps, especially in the eastern Mediterranean, we will suspend this cooperation goes back to the provocation.” he spoke.
Referring to the Migration von der Leyen, readmission and they want to re-start the return mechanism, dated March 18, 2016 6 billion euros in EU-Turkey reconciliation is connected to the contract, he said.
Von der Leyen: “Turkey welcomes refugees Syrians more than 3.6 million. The EU also ensuring school children, medical issues, there is a serious contribution to infrastructure investments. There is no doubt that Turkey is shouldered the largest portion of the load. To continue our help in this humanitarian issue For this, negotiations on how to move forward will continue. ” said.
CALL FOR THE ISTANBUL CONVENTION TO EU COUNTRIES
Separated from the Istanbul Convention on Turkey and asked their opinions about the closure case HDPE Michel, in a statement at the end of the summit of human rights, the rule of law and that the emphasis on democratic values, in relations with Turkey, he said that the importance of these issues.
Von der Leyen while talking on the same subject from the departure from Turkey’s Istanbul Convention and expressed regret.
Von der Leyen called on EU members who have not ratified the Istanbul Convention to ratify it.