EU should open new phase of negotiations with Turkey

  27 January 2015    Read: 697
EU should open new phase of negotiations with Turkey
The European Union should open a new phase of negotiations with Turkey, Volkan Bozkir, Turkish Minister for EU Affairs said.
The minister said that Turkey has fulfilled almost all requirements of EU for accession to this structure, Hurriyet newspaper reported on Jan.26.

He added that EU should open a new phase of negotiations with Turkey on energy issues.

Earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that his country has no interest in the issue of accession to EU. He said currently, Ankara is testing the EU to find out whether this organization is really a democratic system, or a Christian club.

The official negotiations on Turkey`s accession to the EU were resumed in 2005.

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc earlier said that if previously 75 percent of Turkey’s population supported the country’s accession to the EU, currently, this figure has dropped to 20 percent.

Turkey has fulfilled 65 percent of its commitments to the EU for accession to this organization.
Earlier, the country’s Minister for EU Affairs Volkan Bozkir said the negotiations between Turkey and EU can’t continue in the format required by the organization. He said at the time that democracy in Turkey is at a higher level than in some European countries.

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