Turkey targets judicial reform for EU push

Judicial reform has been named as an essential part of Turkey’s accession to the EU.

A ‘negotiating framework’ accepted by Turkey and all EU member states asserted that Turkey must “bring its… judicial systems up to [European] Union standards”. It added that “an independent and efficient judicial system” was vital to underpin other governmental reforms to secure Turkish EU membership.

Adequate judicial capacity would also be required to show that Turkey could administer the vast body of EU law. This has been complicated by protracted negotiations, which are expected to last 10 years, and the need to implement all new laws and decisions of the European Court of Justice in this time.

Given past EU spending on new members from Eastern Europe, the EU may dedicate ‘enlargement’ money to fund Turkish judicial reform in the next decade.