EU sets no conditions for EU-Turkey summit - Euractiv

The European Commission and the European Council have not raised any conditions regarding the release of Turkish journalists in jail before a EU-Turkey meeting in March, European news outlet Euractiv said.

Turkey has been pressing for a summit with the European institutions for months, it said.

The meeting is planned to take place in Varna, Bulgaria, during the Sofia’s EU presidency and is aimed at maintaining good relations with Turkey.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Sofia on Jan. 20 and made it clear that she has no objections to holding the meeting.

But European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Jan. 12 that EU-Turkey relations would not progress while Turkey held journalists in prison, it said.

The commission on Friday made reference to Juncker’s remarks, but later told Euractiv that the only remaining issue before the summit is finding a date that suits Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the EU leaders.

Turkey has jailed more than 50,000 people and shut down some 130 media outlets in a crackdown following a failed military coup in 2016, Euractiv said.