EU postpones Turkey report vote

European Parliament blames large number of recent amendments to Turkey 2014 Progress Report.

21.05.2015 - Update : 21.05.2015
EU postpones Turkey report vote


The European Parliament has postponed a planned vote on approving a report detailing Turkey’s progress towards EU membership.

Speaking on Thursday, European Parliament rapporteur for Turkey – Dutch socialist MEP Kati Piri – cited a lack of time for the political groups to discuss a large number of amendments tabled to the text this week.

The vote will now take place in June.

Turkey's 2014 Progress Report had praised Turkey over efforts to reach an "inclusive and sustainable" settlement with its Kurdish population.

Despite criticisms over "government interference" in the judiciary and bans imposed on social media, the report also praised the country for its "invaluable support" for Syrian refugees.

Negotiations for Turkey’s accession to the EU began in 2005. Turkey must comply with 35 chapters setting out reforms needed to become a member.

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