John Bufton slams legislation that will allow Turkish “experts” to make EU policy
• The Turkish Government has boasted that Turkish officials will be 'shaping the EU's future politics and legislation.' This is because the EU has quietly agreed to accept Turkish technocrats at its Brussels offices.
UKIP MEP John Bufton (Wales) said: "The European Commission makes upwards of 75% of our laws. We now learn that some of them are to be written by Turks despite Turkey not having membership of the EU.
"Nobody has voted for this, and nobody apart from the European Commission wants it. It is outrageous that laws affecting everybody in Britain can be written by Turkish officials who have absolutely no accountability to the public and won't reflect the interests of the UK.
"The British government must demand that this utterly ridiculous plan be halted."
The announcement was made by the Turkish Europe Minister, Egemen Bağiş and the Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of Inter Institutional Relations and Administration, Maroš Šefčovič.
The following is a communication from the Turkish Ministry for EU affairs:
Dear Members of the European Parliament,
Please find enclosed the statement by H.E. Egemen Bagis, the Minister for European Union Affairs and Chief Negotiator of Turkey, regarding the secondment of Turkish officials at the European Commission.
Ministry for EU Affairs
Directorate of Civil Society, Communication and Culture
REPUBLIC OF TURKEY
MINISTRY FOR EU AFFAIRS
Ankara, 28 September 2011
“TURKISH EXPERTS WILL BE EMPLOYED AT THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION”
Turkey has signed a key agreement with the EU that will broaden new horizons.
A memorandum of understanding for the secondment of Turkish officials at the European Commission is signed in Strasbourg on the 28th of September, 2011 by the Minister for EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator Mr. Egemen BAĞIŞ and Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of Inter Institutional Relations and Administration Mr. Maroš ŠEFČOVIČ.
As agreed between Turkey and the European Commission, Turkish national experts will be employed at the Commission as “Seconded National Experts” and “National Experts in Professional Training”. This recent development is a ‘milestone’ for Turkey-EU relations since through this secondment, Turkish bureaucrats will work together with the Euroaucrats in policy making and implementation of the EU politics. In other words, Turks will have a role in shaping EU's future politics and legislation.
The network created in the corridors of the European Commission and other European institutions between Turkish bureaucrats and Eurocrats, will not only contribute to mutual learning and socialization, it will also remove misperceptions and misjudgments against Turkey’s membership in the minds and hearts of some Europeans.