Cyprus Mail

European Parliament debates Turkey report

Turkey’s progress report, the migrant crisis and recent terrorist attacks in Europe are expected to shape the debate due to start on Monday at the European Parliament plenary, in Strasbourg. The discussion goes on until Thursday.

Voting on the 2015 Turkey report is of special interest to Nicosia, with the draft prepared by rapporteur Kati Piri, the S&D Dutch MEP, containing references to progress in Cyprus settlement talks, and proposing the opening of accession negotiation chapters for Turkey.

The draft report also includes references to missing persons and Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone. Moreover, it calls on Ankara to return the fenced-off city of Famagusta and withdraw occupation troops from the island’s north.

Recent terrorist attacks and existing and new measures to fight terrorism will be debated on Tuesday. MEPs are expected to reiterate their urgent call on member states to step up information-sharing and ensure that all existing legislative instruments are fully implemented and operational.

Immediately after, the Chamber is set to discuss the “Panama papers” revelations, that implicate a number of politicians and well known personalities from sports and show business from around the world. The key question is whether existing EU measures against tax evasion and money laundering are working.

Other issues to dominate the EP agenda include the final vote on the EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) directive, public tax transparency, the future of EU foreign policy and the escalation in Nagorno-Karabakh. (CNA)

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