Legal advice and/or analysis of the legality on EU-Turkey agreements

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Dear European Parliament,

Under the right of access to documents in the EU treaties, as developed in Regulation 1049/2001, I am requesting access to:

a) all documents generated or received by the Parliament containing the legal advice and/or analysis of the legality under EU and international law of the Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Turkey on the readmission of persons residing without authorisation, OJ L 134, 7.5.2014

b) all documents generated or received by the Parliament containing legal advice and/or analysis of the legality of the actions to be carried out by the EU and its Member States in implementing the actions set out in the statement on the agreement reached with Turkey at the summit held on 7 March 2016 (statement here: I am interested in documents drawn up both before and since the meeting was held, to date.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need any clarification in regards to any aspect of my request.

Thank you in advance.

Yours sincerely,

Luisa Izuzquiza
Access Info Europe

Registre, European Parliament

Our ref.: A(2016)3719

Dear Ms Izuzquiza,

Thank you for your message. Parliament will handle your request within 15 working days.

Your sincerely,

EPRS | European Parliamentary Research Service
Directorate for the Library  
[email address]

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Dear Ms Izuzquiza,


In dealing with your application and after consultation with the
secretariat of the relevant committee as well as Parliament’s Legal
Service, Parliament could identify no documents containing legal advice,
neither related to the 2014 Agreement, nor to the EU-Turkey statement of
18 March 2016. However, as concerns the second part of each of your two
questions, several documents have been identified dealing with legal
aspects of readmission agreements in the context EU and international law.


With reference to the 2014 agreement please find in attach a background
note drafted in October 2012, as well as the link on Parliament’s website
to a briefing drafted by Parliament’s Members Research Services (April
2015) on the same topic:  


For the 2014 agreement, concluded following the relevant parliamentary
procedure (2012/0122(NLE), you may find all underlying documents via the
following link:


The joint statement  of the EU Heads of States and Governments of 18 March
2016  (EU-Turkey statement,  see
to be understood as a political document  which sets out common political
understanding on the EU-Turkey relations, builds on the principles set out
on 7 March 2016 (see
The framework is set out in the Commission's Communication
of 16 March 2016. This statement is not an international agreement in the
meaning of the treaty (Art. 218 TFEU), providing for Parliament


As regards Parliament’s political assessment  a debate with Council
President Donald Tusk and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will
take place during the next plenary session on Wednesday 13 April in the
morning. A report has also been tabled, which will be debated and voted on
Tuesday, 12 April (for the draft report see
as well as the resp. LIBE Committee dossier: [7]
For the Plenary’s agenda please see:


Parliament’s Research Service has produced a number of briefings and
studies discussing legal aspects and other issues related to actions to be
carried out, as well as migration issues in general. You may find a
regularly updated page on the EP Research Service blog:
[9] On Parliament’s Think
Tank pages you may find further relevant briefings by running the
following search: [10] . A selection of the most
pertinent results has been collected in the attached commented list of


On the basis of the foregoing, should you require additional information,
in accordance with Article 6(2) of Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001 you are
kindly invited to further specify the documents/information you are
looking for.


Sincere regards




EPRS | European Parliamentary Research Service

Directorate for the Library

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