Statement by Federica Mogherini and Commissioner Johannes Hahn on the declaration of the State of Emergency in Turkey

We are following the developments regarding the State of Emergency Turkey has declared after the attempted coup, which the European Union condemned, very closely and with concern. This declaration comes in the wake of the recent unacceptable decisions on the education system, judiciary and the media. As outlined in the conclusions of the Council and in the discussion of the European Commission this week, we call on Turkish authorities to respect under any circumstances the rule of law, human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the right of all individuals concerned to a fair trial. The declaration of State of Emergency gives the executive far reaching powers to govern by decree. Under the terms of the Turkish Constitution, core fundamental rights shall be inviolable even in the State of Emergency. President Erdogan stated that the measure will in no way affect democracy, the rule of law or fundamental freedoms. We indeed expect that they will be fully respected, and that the authorities will act with restraint, as outlined clearly by the European Union in the Council conclusions on 18 July. Any temporary suspension of the European Convention of Human Rights needs to follow the rules foreseen for such a derogation. The EU will continue to monitor the situation very closely, including the practical implications of the State of Emergency. We expect the parliament and all forces represented in the democratic institutions of the country to play their constitutional role at...
An important Foreign Affairs Council. Then London, for Syria

An important Foreign Affairs Council. Then London, for Syria

I am writing from London, where I attended the meeting on Syria with the Foreign Affairs Ministers of the “Quint” (United States, United Kingdom, Italy, France and Germany) and the United Nations special envoy Staffan de Mistura. Tomorrow morning I’ll be back in Brussels, for the weekly meeting of the Commission and to meet Ukraine’s Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman. Before London, I was in Brussels again to gather the EU Foreign Affairs Council: we were joined by John Kerry, and it was the first time ever for a US Secretary of State (here is our joint press conference). Together with Kerry, and then with the 28 Member States, we discussed Turkey at length. The night of the attempted coup d’état, our European institutions were the first to react – condemning the coup and asking to respect the democratic institutions of the country. We are just as clear today, in demanding the full respect of the rule of law, of human rights and of fundamental liberties. I said it here, and here are yesterday’s Council conclusions on Turkey. The plenary meeting with the 28 Ministers began with a minute of silence for the victims of Nice: all Member States confirmed their will to support France against terrorism, with all our solidarity. We also discussed the Global Strategy for European foreign and security policy that I presented last month, to turn the Strategy into shared common actions. We then moved to Venezuela (Council conclusions here), Afghanistan, and the adoption of our new Strategy on China, the first in over ten years. It was also the first Council for Boris Johnson, the new British Foreign Minister, with whom...

Federica Mogherini met with Prime Minister designate of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić

Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of European Commission, met today with the Prime Minister designate of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić. Following Monday’s Intergovernmental Conference where Serbia opened two crucial chapters in the accession negotiations – Chapters 23, Judiciary and fundamental rights and 24, Justice, Freedom and Security -, the High Representative and the Prime Minister welcomed this important progress on Serbia’s path towards the European Union. Both chapters are required to be tackled early in the enlargement process in order to allow Serbia to start developing a solid track record of reform implementation in the rule of law area. HRVP Mogherini and Prime Minister Vučić also discussed the EU facilitated dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, in particular the current state of implementation of agreements reached. They agreed on the need to see the agreements reached in the dialogue implemented as soon as possible. They have also discussed future work in the framework of the dialogue for normalisation of relations between Serbia and...