With K.Kiliçdaroğlu on developments in Turkey-EU relations
Brussels (15th May) - Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, Štefan Füle met with president of the Turkish opposition Republican People's Party Kemal Kiliçdaroğlu in Brussels today. They discussed the recent political developments in Turkey and the EU accession process.
Commissioner Füle stressed that the accession process is inclusive and requires participation of all the relevant stakeholders and he is attaching great importance to regularly meeting with democrats from the whole political spectrum in Turkey. He added that the EU remains the benchmark for reforms in the country and underlined the positive new momentum in the relations between the EU and Turkey offering chances for progress in the negotiations.
Commissioner Füle and Mr Kiliçdaroğlu also exchanged views on important developments, such as the Kurdish peace talks, the process of drafting a new constitution, recently passed legal changes as well as the need for further reforms. "We agreed on the need for the accession negotiations to gain further momentum. Turkey needs to sustain its efforts to meet benchmarks for opening negotiating chapters. I listened carefully to concerns conveyed by Mr Kiliçdaroglu on fundamental rights, and we agreed that Turkey should also press ahead with the engaged political reforms," Commissioner Füle said after the meeting.