32185
EU Boosts Turkey Accession Process
International

EU Boosts Turkey Accession Process

Turkey and the EU have opened another avenue of negotiations regarding Turkey’s accession into the bloc.
Turkey’s long-stalled ambitions to join the European Union have been boosted by Europe’s desperation on issues like refugees.
“The opening of Chapter 17 is part of the reenergizing of Turkey’s accession process as agreed at the EU-Turkey summit in November, “ Luxembourg’s Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn said in a press conference on Monday. Luxembourg currently holds the EU’s rotating presidency.
Chapter 17 focuses on economic and monetary policy, with bolstering the independence of Turkey’s central bank a precondition to Monday’s move, DPA reported.
Monday’s meeting was opened after Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and EU representatives signed a special agreement at a summit last month to discuss the refugees fleeing for Europe.
At the time, European countries pledged to provide Ankara with €3 billion ($3.2 billion) , reduced visa restrictions for Turkish visitors to the EU and other benefits, in exchange for coping with nearly two million Syrian refugees on its soil.
The refugees were mostly displaced by the self-styled Islamic State terrorists who are allegedly receiving covert Turkish support.
The talks were also to focus on the role of oil exports in financing the IS, after Russia accused Ankara of enabling the IS to smuggle oil.
Discussions on Turkey’s accession into the EU began in 2005. Since then, the process has all but stopped; only one of 35 chapters (Science & Research) has been successfully closed—eight are frozen indefinitely. Prior to Monday, no new chapter had been opened in two years.
Disagreements over Turkey’s rights’ record, its democratic credentials, and especially its troubled ties with EU-member Cyprus are among major impediments to EU accession.

Short URL : http://goo.gl/XuJxEE
  1. http://goo.gl/15XIsp
  • http://goo.gl/Kmc64T
  • http://goo.gl/JfQBeR
  • http://goo.gl/RmGwl1
  • http://goo.gl/fBKLFD

You can also read ...

Saudi Minister Tells Germany It Will Find Weapons Elsewhere
In an interview with German news agency DPA, Saudi Arabia’s...
Russia Will Consider Ceasefire in Syria
Russia is ready to back a UN Security Council resolution...
Turkey Dismisses Dutch Armenian Genocide Vote
Turkey has dismissed the Dutch Parliament’s vote to recognize...
US Chief of Staff Kelly (L) and National Security Adviser McMaster
Longstanding friction between US President Donald Trump and...
Australia’s Scandal-Hit Deputy PM Quits
Australia’s scandal-hit deputy leader Barnaby Joyce announced...
Myanmar Bulldozes Rohingya Villages After Cleansing Campaign
Myanmar has bulldozed at least 55 villages that were emptied...
UN Wants Prosecution for South Sudan War Crimes
A UN rights commission in South Sudan said Friday there was...
Ivanka Trump to Push for “Maximum Pressure” on N. Korea
Ivanka Trump told South Korea’s president on Friday that she...

Trending

Googleplus