Press conference by the Irish Presidency and the European Commission

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00:00:00 Title 00:00:05
00:00:05 Speakers arriving 00:00:03
00:00:08 SOUNDBITE (in English) Eamon Gilmore, Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs: Firstly we decided to open a new chapter in our negotiations with Turkey. We decided to open the chapter 22 dealing with regional policy. We have in principle adopted the EU common decision on this chapter. 00:00:17
00:00:25 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:06
00:00:31 SOUNDBITE (in English) Eamon Gilmore: While we have been disturb by the reaction to the recent peaceful protest in Turkey, I believe that the EU accession process is the most effective tool, we have in advancing the reform agenda in Turkey. EU inspired reforms have facilitated the increasing space of peaceful protest and voices. The protests have also shown that Turkey needs further reforms, moving ahead with the EU accession process by opening this chapter will allow the EU to continue contributing to shaping the direction of future reforms in Turkey. 00:00:38
00:01:09 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:06
00:01:15 SOUNDBITE (in English) Maro efcovic, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration: Clearly for the EU Commission there are three major priorities for this EU Council, this is tackling the issue of young unemployment, then unblocking the financing to the EU economy, to the SME's, and then the endorsement of the country specific recommendation which will conclude the EU semester. 00:00:33
00:01:48 General view of press conference 00:00:11
00:01:59 End 00:00:00
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