Turkey and the EU, speech delivered at a luncheon hosted by the Ambassador of France in Turkey, Ankara, 9 July 2008

TURKEY AND THE EU

headlines of a speech delilvered at a luncheon hosted by the Ambassador of France in Ankara

9 July 2008

I – Turkey’s policy on EU Accession

–         Full membership strategic target – Government, Parliament, people

–         Other alternatives not negotiable

–         Concentrate efforts on 8-9 chapters regarded as priority by the Commission

–         National Programme under preparation

–         Road Map

–         Reform Strategy for judiciary under way

–         20 pieces of legislation in the parliament incl. Trade Law, Trade Unions Law etc.

II – Present status of the Accession negotiations

–         Negotiations started on 3 October 2005

–         Opening of 8 chapters blocked (Additional Protocol)

5 chapters blocked by France

–         Closure of all remaining chapters blocked

–         8 chapters open

  • Finnish Presidency: – Science and Research (June 2006) (opened and temp. closed)
  • Austrian         “      : – Enterprise and    Industrial policy (March 2007)
  • German          “      : – Financial Control (June 2007)

– Statistics   (    “      “)

  • Portugese       “       :- Consumer and Health Protection (December 2007)

– Trans-European Networks            (    “    “          )

  • Slovenian       “       :- Intellectual Property Law (July 2008)

– Company Law                 (    “     “    )

 

 

III – Ratification of Lisbon Treaty, Irish Referendum

IV – French Presidency

  • Amendment to art. 88/5 of the French Constitution
  • Turkey’s expectations from French ppresidency
    • Dissociate presidency and national policy
    • Opening of new chapters
    • Reconsider the blocking of 5 chapters that lead to accession (other chapters also lead to accession)

 

V – Other issues

  • A Union for the Mediterranean
  • Cyprus
    • Cautious optimism of the talks between Cypriot leaders
    • Additional Pprotocol:   – Difference of interpretation

– Plan of Action of Jan. 2006 stil on the table

  • ESDP
    • Nice Implementation Document of EU  calls for consultations with non-EU NATO countries
    • Administrative Arrangements between Turkey and European Defence Agency is blocked by one EU country
    • Turkey’s readiness to sign a Security Agreement is not reciprocated by EU
    • In Kossovo Turkey wishes to see that the established practices of NATO be observed for NATO-EU cooperation

 

VI– Domestic developments in Turkey

–         Chief Public Prosecutor’s action to dissolve the AK Parti

–         Arrest of  retired generals

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