The EU has expressed its support for the constitutional changes in Turkey
The European Union has expressed its support for the constitutional changes in Turkey, dpa reported.
But EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele said Sunday that the impact of reforms on the ground would depend on their actual implementation.
"We encourage the Turkish government to show utmost transparency as well as a spirit of dialogue on the substance of this implementing legislation," he said. "Today's vote needs to be followed by other much-needed reforms to address the remaining priorities in the area of fundamental rights, such as freedom of expression and freedom of religion."
Fuele said that "a new civilian constitution would provide a solid base for a sustained development of democracy in Turkey, in line with European standards and the EU accession criteria."
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle also welcomed the success of the referendum and said constitutional reform was critical to Turkey's bid for EU membership.
"This civil society debate - also on the concrete form of the balance of power in the state - is very welcome," Westerwelle said, adding that this was "certainly not yet at an end."