Statement by Commissioner Štefan Füle on the adoption by the Turkish parliament of the legislation on anti-terror
Brussels (12th April) - ‘The adoption by the parliament of the long-awaited legislation on anti-terror, which will align the Turkish law with European standards is overall a very positive development. I expect it will address a number of issues on fundamental rights that were a source of concern over the past years in Turkey.
While I understand the focus of the 4th Judicial Reform package is on compliance with European Court of Human Rights rulings, I note with regret the omission of conscientious objection in the package. My understanding is that the outstanding points will be included in the forthcoming Human Rights Action Plan, which I hope will be finalised very soon.
The Commission will assess the legislation and its implementation in detail and will properly reflect it in our forthcoming progress report in autumn.
I commend the efforts of the Turkish government, in particular of Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin, which have made this achievement possible.’