Commissioner Johansson Visits Turkey for 2016 EU-Turkey Statement and Migration Management



European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson visited Turkey on 6 May to discuss on a broad range of issues.


In her visit, Commissioner Johansson met with Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, and Minister of Interior Süleyman Soylu. Turkish Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey and Director for EU Affairs Ambassador Faruk Kaymakcı and Head of the EU Delegation to Turkey Ambassador Nikolaus Meyer-Landrut attended the meetings as well.


Johansson's working visit was marked as a continuation of the visits of the President of the European Council Charles Michel and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen on 6 April, and during the meetings, the two sides mainly focused on the implementation of the 2016 EU-Turkey Statement and migration management.


The Commissioner, making her statements on her personal Twitter and through the Twitter account of the EU Delegation in Turkey, said "The constructive atmosphere allows us to each share our respective concerns and positions. My meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu was an important and frank exchange. The EU and Turkey will continue dialogue on the areas of concern that were identified".


Migration makes up an important portion of EU-Turkey relations. The functional implementation of the 2016 EU-Turkey Statement, which both sides favour, will indeed benefit both sides especially on issues related to migration management. ECOPNET (European Cooperation and Partnership Network) supports a strengthening of cooperation between both sides and believes that dialogue would further reinforce bilateral relations.