Madrid, 18 March 2017 – On the first anniversary of the EU-Turkey deal, Access Info called for greater transparency of the decision making process of the agreement and condemned the inadequate record keeping and misleading statements.
One year after concluding the agreement, stranded asylum seekers, human rights and humanitarian organisations, and the general public, are still denied even the most basic information about this agreement, including who is really responsible for it.
Confusion increased on 1 March 2017 when the European Court of Justice ruled that the statement (press release) was “regrettably ambiguous” because in fact the agreement is between each EU Member State and Turkey. The Court found that the EU heads of state switched hats during the negotiations and acted as individual countries rather than as joint leaders of the European Union.
Data analysed by Access Info shows that in spite of this temporary change of roles during the negotiations with Turkey, at least 7 of the heads of state participating in the meeting tweeted about it being an “EU-Turkey Agreement” when it was announced.
The framing of the deal as an EU decision lead to 23 of Europe’s 30 leading newspapers reporting that this was an “agreement” between the EU and Turkey.
Even in Access Info’s ongoing case against the European Commission to obtain documents containing legal advice about the deal