EU-Turkey Association Council: extracts from the press conference
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council/Justus Lipsius
End production: 22/06/2012 First transmission: 22/06/2012
The EU-Turkey Association Council held its 50th meeting on Friday, 22 June 2012. The meeting was chaired by Mr Egemen Bagis, Minister for EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator of Turkey. Mr Nicolai WAMMEN, Minister for European Affairs of Denmark, led the European Union delegation on behalf of the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs
and Security Policy. Mr Štefan FÜLE, Commissioner responsible for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, represented the European Commission.
The Association Council meeting provided a timely opportunity to review EU-Turkey relations. In line with the Council conclusions of 5 December 2011, the EU noted progress made by Turkey in its preparations in the framework of the negotiating process. Overall, at this stage, out of 35 negotiating chapters, thirteen have been opened and one provisionally
closed. As concerns chapters for which opening benchmarks have been set, the EU invited Turkey to address them accordingly, and to step up its efforts in meeting established conditions.
In this context, the EU welcomed Turkey's continued commitment to the negotiation process and the political reform agenda, also reaffirmed by the establishment of the new Turkish EU Ministry. The EU also welcomed the launch of the positive agenda, covering a broad range of areas of common interest with Turkey, which should support the negotiation process, in line with the Negotiating Framework and the relevant Council conclusions.
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||Audience arriving to the press room
||Speakers having their seats
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Nicolai Wammen, Danish Minister for European Affairs: We have expressed among other issues concern on imprisoned journalist. EU as part of positive agenda between EU and Turkey has work hard to find the way forward to intensify the cooperation with Turkey in the field of justice and Home Affairs including the visa issues and the fight against illegal immigration. In this context it has been important to make progress on the readmission agreement and ensure better convergence between Turkish visa policies and the EU. We have looked what is possible in a positive and pragmatic way.
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||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Štefan Füle, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy: I have also highlighted the very positive steps related to visa and readmission. It is a big achievement that Council conclusions were adopted yesterday, clearly mentioning - for the first time - the perspective of visa liberalisation for Turkey. This, demonstrates clear commitment of the European Union to move forward on an issue which I know is so important to Turkey and its citizens. On the same day, the EU-Turkey readmission agreement has been initialled.
||SOUNDBITE (in Turkish) by Egemen Bagis, Turkish Minister for EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator for Turkey's accession negotiations with the EU: Yesterday at the parliament we have adopted the human rights board and also last week a draft law has been adopted by the parliament. We have a positive agenda which would facilitate Turkish accession to the EU. We have working group meetings the 23rd chapter which was held in Ankara also company law and financial control meeting was held here in Brussels.
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