POLITICS > Turkey to ‘bypass’ EU obstacles

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Turkey will have direct relations with the EU Commission during the Greek Cypriot administration’s EU presidency term, thanks to “positive agenda,” Turkey’s EU Minister Egemen Bağış has said. Turkey has already announced that it will suspend its relations with the EU presidency during the second half of 2012 if there is no solution to the Cyprus question before that time.

Ankara and the EU have recently launched a “positive agenda” to prepare Turkey for harmonization in the areas related to blocked chapters, in a move to break the two-year standstill in the country’s membership talks. The positive agenda was a bridge, a bypass to overcome obstacles in front of Turkey’s EU membership talks, Bağış told private Kanal 7 Television channel yesterday.

It will take place during Greek Cypriot administration’s rotating presidency, and will involve the discussion of eight accession chapters through working groups at the EU commission. However, Bağış said the positive agenda was not an alternative to negotiations for full EU membership.


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Chris Green

6/4/2012 7:40:48 PM

If they have any sense, Turkey will 'by-pass' the entire process and pull out altogether, for they will be far better off simply trading with the EU, not being controlled by it! Look closely at what has happened to the UK and take heed before it is too late! Withdrawing also completely neuters the veto's of countries like Greece and Greek Cyprus into the bargain!


6/4/2012 3:45:12 PM

The new and much laughed at "positive agenda" does not encompass the circumvention of EU accession requirements and or the "bypassing" of the Acquis Communautaire. The last sentence of this article is indeed a verification of the latter. Furthermore, the EU presidency, regardless of which nation hosts it, will be respected by all and will not be bypassed by anyone, not even by Turkey. So sorry Mr. Bagis...Regards
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