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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

EU-Turkey 'deal' not legally binding, says EP legal chief.

EU-Turkey 'deal' not legally binding, says EP legal chief. (EUObserver).
The EU-Turkey deal was "nothing more than a press communique", the lawyer said.
The legal arm of the European Parliament on Monday (9 May) spoke out against the EU deal with Turkey.

It noted the statement between the two on 18 March is nothing more than a press release, which has no legal bearing.

"This statement was nothing more than a press communique," the parliament lawyer told MEPs in the civil liberties committee. "This statement is not a binding agreement."

He noted the statement came without any signatures and was not published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

"It is very difficult to conclude that both the European Union and Turkey wanted to be legally bound under international law by this declaration," he said.

"It is really a long way from the drafting standards of any international agreement," he said.
Despite the lack of clarity behind the statement, it still conforms to EU law, he noted.

Parliament will still have to sign off on visa-waiver plans and other issues like the budget and the resettlement of people on the one-to-one migrant swap deal. Hmmm.........Who authorized the 6 Billion Euro in aid to Turkey? Read the full story here.

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