Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats at the EP- Declaration on the elections

The S&D Group in the European Parliament expresses its full support for its sister parties in the general election taking place this Sunday in Turkey.
S&D Group president, Gianni Pittella stated:
“We fully support our sister parties the Republican People’s Party (CHP) and the People’s Democratic Party (HDP) in their electoral efforts, and we believe that their electoral success and reinforced presence in the new Parliament will facilitate the democratic changes which are required to bring Turkey closer to the EU. We are hopeful of a positive, democratic and progressive outcome.
In a modern democracy and in a country which is candidate for accession to the EU, the freedom of the press and expression must be respected, always and for all. The S&D Group will continue to support the European aspirations of Turkey and call on all political forces to fully respect human rights and fundamental freedoms.”