EU-Turkey: Commissioner Füle following GAC decision on chapter 22
I welcome Member States' confirmation of the EU common position for the opening of chapter 22 (Regional Policy) with Turkey and agreement to hold the next Accession Conference with Turkey at Ministerial level on 5 November in Brussels.
As underlined in the Commission's 2013 enlargement package, recent developments in Turkey underline the importance of EU engagement and of the EU remaining the benchmark for reform in Turkey. To this end, accession negotiations need to regain momentum, respecting the EU’s commitments and established conditionality. In this regard, today's decision represents an important step.
I am glad that our report issued only last week was able to provide a timely contribution to the process leading up to today's decision to open the 14th negotiating chapter with Turkey since the start of negotiations and I hope more chapters will follow.