Statement on Turkish Constitutional Court ruling, 8 July 2010
"The Commission takes note of the ruling of the Constitutional Court, which we will need to analyse in more detail, in particular following the publication of the reasoned opinion of the Court. After our first assessment, our understanding is that the ruling concerns only a limited number of elements of the reform package, such as the method of election of the members of the Constitutional Court and of the High Council of Judges and Prosecutors."
Following this ruling, we continue to believe that this reform package, which will be submitted to a referendum on 12 September, is a positive step in the right direction as it addresses a number of longstanding shortcomings which the EU has identified over the years in the Progress Reports and the Accession partnerships. However, because these reforms are so important for Turkey's future, it remains important that they command the broadest possible support from its citizens and its civil society as well as the widest possible spectrum of political parties."