EU demands legal reform in Turkey

THE EUROPEAN Commissioner in charge of enlarging the EU has called on Turkey to redouble its judicial reforms as it approaches negotiations on becoming a member state.

Speaking in Istanbul, Olli Rehn said that much work was needed and that the speed of accession talks would depend on how quickly Turkey adopted European legal traditions.

The Finn stressed: “A foreign investor needs independent judges, transparent legal and administrative proceedings and no corruption.”

To join the EU, Turkey must adopt its growing body of judicial legislation, such as directives on accepting evidence and legal documents provided by another member state. It would also have to accept EU human rights principles on judicial independence. Rehn said Brussels would not initially dictate exactly what reforms are required.