EU expresses concern over intervention to judiciary by execution in Turkey

Latvian Foreign Minister Edgards Rinkevics who hold the current EU Presidency stated on Monday that they have some concerns on intervention to judiciary by execution in Turkey.

Delivering a speech during Turkey-European Union Partnership Council in Brussels, Rinkevics said they welcome reforms carried out by Turkey during accession to the EU in recent years. However, he stated that they are concerned about execution’s intervention to the judiciary, enacting laws without holding necessary consultations and restrictions to information flow in Turkey.

On his part, Johannes Hahn, the EU commissioner for European neighborhood policy and enlargement negotiations, stressed that media freedom is not a matter of negotiation for the EU, which Turkey has long been seeking to join.

“We have repeatedly expressed how important for us freedom of media is and it is certainly something which is one of the key areas when we are talking about fundamentals. This is something one has to respect. This is something which is not negotiable,” Hahn declared.