Visit of Mehmet Nihat Ömeroğlu, Turkish Ombudsman, to Štefan Füle: joint doorstep
Type: Complete press conference
Brussels - EC/Berlaymont
Štefan Füle, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, and Mehmet Nihat Ömeroğlu, Turkish Ombudsman, held a joint press briefing following their meeting in Brussels on 16 May 2013. Štefan Füle expressed the European Commission’s support for the Turkish Ombudsman.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Statement by Štefan Füle, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, (in ENGLISH) that the Commission supports the institution of the Turkish Ombudsman and the efforts undertaken by Mehmet Nihat Ömeroğlu in this very important position; it is an important development for Turkey, vital for the functioning of its administration and for the rule of law; he has welcomed Mehmet Nihat Ömeroğlu’s commitment to cooperating with the European Ombudsman and encouraged him to consolidate his independence.
||Statement by Mehmet Nihat Ömeroğlu, Turkish Ombudsman, (in TURKISH translated into ENGLISH) thanking Štefan Füle for the meeting given and for his support; he is pleased about his collaboration with the European institutions; on Turkey’s accession process to the EU, and the reforms undertaken and the progress made by the country to that end.
||Statement by Štefan Füle (in ENGLISH) that he truly appreciates that the Turkish Ombudsman broadly views his work from the perspective of Turkey’s accession to the EU; they have spoken a great deal about the accession process and the fact that the EU provides a benchmark for the reforms undertaken by the country in areas such as fundamental freedoms, human rights and the rule of law; the EC is doing everything possible to get the accession negotiations back on track; he also truly appreciates the fact that the Turkish Ombudsman attaches importance to being open and inclusive in his work (which means working with civil society and the press, for example); the work of the Ombudsman also involves informing people of their rights rather than just protecting them.