Progress Report on Turkey: Serious Deficiencies in the Functioning of Democratic Institutions

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The European Commission recommended the commencement of accession negotiations with Ukraine, granting candidate status to Georgia for membership, and initiating accession negotiations with Moldova. In the section concerning Turkey, the report highlighted serious deficiencies in the functioning of democratic institutions.

The European Commission released a report assessing the progress made by candidate countries in their path towards membership.

The Commission recommended the initiation of accession negotiations with Ukraine, granting candidate status to Georgia for membership, and initiating accession negotiations with Moldova.

The report and recommendations from the European Commission will shed light on the decision, to be made at the December summit attended by EU leaders, on whether to officially commence membership negotiations with Ukraine.

In the section regarding Turkey, the report highlighted serious deficiencies in the functioning of democratic institutions.

The report noted Turkey’s continued regression in terms of democratization, particularly highlighting ongoing structural issues within the presidential system.

The report referenced the latest elections, stating that biased media coverage and unequal conditions for candidates provided the ruling party with an unfair advantage.

Criticism was directed at the concentration of powers at the presidential level, violating the separation of powers outlined in the constitution. The report pointed out that there’s a lack of a healthy and effective separation of powers between the executive, legislative, and judicial branches, leading to an ineffective system of checks and balances. Consequently, the executive branch was noted to be democratically accountable solely through elections due to the ineffective balance and oversight mechanisms.

Source: Ekonomim

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