Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Hahn said: "Turkey is a key partner in a strategic region for the European Union. We are partners, -difficult partners sometimes-, but we work together on many different files that are fundamental both for the European Union and for Turkey."
“EU-Turkey relations” session was held during the EP Plenary Session in progress in Strasbourg.
Speaking at this session, Johannes Hahn noted that both parties were equally concerned about the relations, and added: “We made it clear to our Turkish counterparts that that there is an urgent need for the current trend to be reversed if we want our reciprocal engagement to be sustainable.”
Hahn also commented: "Turkey is a key partner in a strategic region for the European Union. We are partners, -difficult partners sometimes-, but we work together on many different files that are fundamental both for the European Union and for Turkey. Our dialogue is open, frank, critical, sometimes constructive and sometimes very difficult.”
EP Turkey Rapporteur Kati Piri said: "Taking away the European perspective from the Turkish people once and for all would be a grave mistake,” and defended that we must ensure that populism and xenophobia do not take over this debate.”
"Real Sick man of Today: EU"
Edouard Ferrand, French member of Europe of Nations and Freedom Group (ENF), criticized the attitude of EU officials, saying: "Turkey was spoken of as the sick man of Europe. Today, I think that the real sick man of Europe is the European Union."
"You invited Turkey to a negotiation table that would not yield any results. You wanted to exchange migrants in return for EU membership. European people do not want your fatal project. You have lost your bearings. Turkey, that great country, this great people, deserved something more than your proposals. You have caused both Turkey and the EU to waste time in a foreseeable process."