POLITICS > Turkey’s EU accession a win-win situation: Minister

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EU Minister Egemen Bağış (R) meets with the head of the umbrella organization of Jewish community CRIF, Richard Prasquier, and leaders of the EU Commission and Friendship Groups at the Senate and National Assembly.

EU Minister Egemen Bağış (R) meets with the head of the umbrella organization of Jewish community CRIF, Richard Prasquier, and leaders of the EU Commission and Friendship Groups at the Senate and National Assembly.

Turkish EU minister Egemen Bağış said yesterday it was time to give a fresh impetus to Turkey-EU relations during a conference in the French capital of Paris.

“European Union needs a new way of thinking to accelerate its relations with Turkey. Turkey is an inseparable part of the EU for it to realize its target of enlargement and influencing neighboring countries’ policies. Turkey’s full membership to the Union would create a ‘win-win’ situation,” Bağış said, in a conference titled, “Turkey for a New Europe.”

Bağış linked Turkey’s accession to the economic reforms needed to solve Europe’s current economic woes. “Turkey has undergone a huge socio-economic transformation in the last decade. We have established impressive economic development and political stability due to structural reforms. We believe our membership can provide a variety of solutions to the EU’s current problems,” he said.

France expects ‘gesture’ from Ankara

Paris is expecting a gesture from Turkey over the return of the illegal immigrants who came to Europe from Turkey in return for lifting the veto on one of the five chapters in Turkey’s accession talks with the EU.

A French diplomat said Paris is expecting a gesture over the Readmission Agreement of illegal immigrants, speaking to the French News Agency after the meeting of Turkish EU Minister Egemen Bağış and his French counterpart Bernard Cazeneuve in Paris.

Bağış and Cazeneuve discussed the details of Chapter 22 focusing of “Regional Policy and Coordination of Structural Instruments.”

“We exchanged our ideas about other chapters and stressed the common determination of Turkey’s EU accession,” Bağış said. Bağış also discussed the visa liberalization for Turkish citizens with French Interior Minister Manuel Valls.


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Pawel Bury

2/21/2013 9:11:10 PM

Fair enough. Turkey should learn that migrant smuggling is not a game. And of course it's No1 problem in Europe since tax payers are paying for every single person that crosses Europe's borders.


2/21/2013 8:18:24 PM

We've heard these arguments over and over again, they don't convince anymore. Turkey in the EU is a lose-lose situation, in which the EU won't be able to create a political union anymore, while Turkey loses its flexible foreign policy. It is insane to push through with these negotiations, just because they have been going on for so long. Nobody really wants Turkish EU membership, not the Europeans, not the Turks. Privileged partnership would be the perfect relationship.

Brit in Turkey

2/21/2013 6:51:45 PM

sid solo: I'd forgotten that one. Priceless! Geir Fugleberg I agree it is easy for determined illegals to cross into Turkey, but this is impossible to stop when you consider the lengths of the borders, the geography and the length and complexity of the shoreline. What could be stopped, however, is the "people trafficking" by criminal gangs.


2/21/2013 6:39:14 PM

"and Turkey is 90% responsible for it". Rubbish, I'm afraid. Turkey is not responsible for EU being such a magnet for the underprivileged from the third world. On the contrary, EU is responsible for them coming to Turkey in the first place. EU should compensate Turkey for the cost of repatriating them. So, France expects a gesture for lifting the veto on chapters France shouldn't have vetoed in the first place. Pathetic!

mike alexander

2/21/2013 6:19:42 PM

Geir Fugleberg, EU has rules and respects human rights. They cannot just shoot people who try to pass from the Turkish boarder to the Greek side through the river on inflammable boats which the traffickers sink when they are in middle of the river and then it becomes a life saving issue for the Greek side. So how a EU country can defend the boarder when they try to save lives which other countries ignore just to make a few dollars ?

Geir Fugleberg

2/21/2013 5:23:30 PM

This obviously depends upon who is responsible for these people traveling illegally to Europe. While it is true that it is easy for illegals to cross into Turkey I strongly feel that the responsibility for insuficient EU border controle should be borne by the EU rather than Turkey..Their final destination is the richer European contries bcs theese contries atract them due to their welfare systems,so theese contries should be responsible fore protecting theese systems and not Turkey.

cezer "çapulcu" skonore

2/21/2013 4:57:30 PM

This is one of the most illogical demands from one nation to another that I heard. There are a lot of Asians, Europeans and Africans illegally came to the US through Canada (some with the help of priests and churches). The US demands Canada to accept them back is absurd.


2/21/2013 4:40:37 PM

#1 problem of Europe was Greece I thought! Now they think of Turks?

sid solo

2/21/2013 4:39:18 PM

As the English say about the French:"What else can you expect from people who eat snails?"

john albay

2/21/2013 1:28:19 PM

why should Turkey take back these illegals if they are not Turkish citizens? We dont want them,and France et.al should have thought about this before they caused trouble for Turkey and passed stupis anti Turkish laws for the israelis and armenians!
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