Visit of José Manuel Barroso in Turkey: meetings with Abdullah Gül, President of Turkey, and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkish Prime Minister

Type: Report   Reference: I-057018   Duration: 11:14:59  Lieu:
End production: 10/04/2008   First transmission: 10/04/2008
José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, visited Turkey from 10 to 12 April 2008, accompanied by Olli Rehn, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement. This was his first visit to Turkey as President of the European Commission. He met with Abdullah Gül, President of Turkey; Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkish Prime Minister; Ali Babacan, Turkish Minister for Foreign Affairs; and addressed the Turkish Parliament. He also visited Istanbul and the Bigli University. After his meeting with Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, José Manuel Barroso said that Turkey had made significant progress in implementing European standards, while stressing that the country should expand and accelerate reforms. Speaking to Turkish parliamentarians, José Manuel Barroso said that the reforms would be the best way to ensure the progress of negotiations. He also welcomed the recent initiative of the Turkish government, which has submitted to Parliament's amendment very controversial Article 301 of the Penal Code, which states that any criticism of the Turkish identity is prohibited. He said that this was a step in the right direction, considering that this article was incompatible with the values of freedom of expression that exist in Europe. José Manuel Barroso also recalled the concerns of the Union concerning the recent decision by the highest Turkish court to rule on a case concerning the prohibition of the ruling AKP party and its main leaders, including Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Abdullah Gül. He said that the fact that a party chosen by the majority of the Turkish population would be subject to this type of investigation was not normal in a stable democracy. At a joint press conference, José Manuel Barroso and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan recalled that only a full-fledged candidacy of Turkey to the EU would be accepted. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said he hoped that the European Commission would continue to support the candidacy of the country, as it has done so far.

Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
PDF version

TIME DESCRIPTION DURATION
11:10:51 Title 00:00:04
11:10:56 José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, getting out of the plane at the airport of Ankara, welcomed by Ali Babacan, Turkish Minister for Foreign Affairs - handshake 00:00:06
11:11:02 José Manuel Barroso greeting the Turkish delegation 00:00:08
11:11:10 General view of the meeting between Ali Babacan and José Manuel Barroso, with the participation of Olli Rehn, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement (6 shots) 00:00:30
11:11:40 Exterior views of the Atatürk Mausoleum (2 shots) 00:00:07
11:11:47 José Manuel Barroso carrying flowers to the mausoleum (7 shots) 00:01:01
11:12:48 Cutaway: Turkish flag 00:00:05
11:12:53 General view of the meeting between José Manuel Barroso and Abdullah Gül, President of Turquey (3 shots) 00:00:11
11:13:04 General view of the lunch at the Presidential palace (4 shots) 00:00:17
11:13:21 José Manuel Barroso leaving 00:00:09
11:13:30 Honour guard outside the Prime Minister's office with José Manuel Barroso and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkish Prime Minister (3 shots) 00:00:16
11:13:46 Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and José Manuel Barroso entering the press room 00:00:09
11:13:55 José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) answering the question on the Turkish court's decision to outlaw AKP; saying that Turkey is a candidate country and since they have a joint process of working together, to see the European standards, if they are implemented; so they cannot be indifferent to this kind of development; they will of course fully respect the decision of the constitutional court and he does not want to comment on the details of it but of course they in the European Commission, have now a duty, working together with the Turkish authorities, to see the progress regarding the implementation of European standards; so he hopes that the decision of the constitutional court will be a decision compatible with the rule of law, with European standards, with jurisprudence of the European court of human rights, with the Venice commission 00:01:04
11:14:59 General view of the press conference 00:00:04
Audiovisual Services
European Commission
ec.europa.eu/avservices
 
Conditions of use
© European Union, 2014