EU verdict keeps PKK on terror list despite procedural mistakes

The European Union Court of Justice ruled on Thursday that procedural mistakes had been made by the EU when listing Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) as a terrorist organisation between 2014 and 2017, but the organisation will not be removed from the list due to a decision adopted in 2018, Deutsche Welle Turkish reported

The court annulled the decisions made by the EU authorities in listing terrorist organisations for the period between 2014 and 2017. The court said that the European Council had not provided sufficient justification for enlisting PKK as a terrorist organisation. 

However, the group will remain in the EU’s list of terrorist organisations due to a decision made by the European Council this year. 

The PKK, which has been fighting inside Turkey for more than 30 years, is designated as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the EU, and the United States. 

The EU included the PKK in its terror blacklist in 2002 and froze all assets of the organisation in Europe.