EU official says Turkey progress report 'lacks optimism'

Flautre said European Commission's progress report on Turkey was "cold and lacked optimism."

EU official says Turkey progress report 'lacks optimism'

A European lawmaker voiced strong support for Turkish membership in the European Union, urging concerted effort for Turkey's accession to the Union.

"I believe in a dream of an EU with Turkey in it. A Europe with Turkey as a part of it would make greater contributions to peace," said Helen Flautre, co-chairwoman of the Turkey-EU Joint Parliamentary Commission.

Flautre said Turkish government's latest move to widen democratic rights and freedoms was important for the democratization of country, expressing support for also Turkey's "zero problem policy" with its neighbors.

"The protocols that Turkey signed with Armenia were even impossible to dream of just a couple of years back," Flautre told a meeting of the commission in Ankara, the Turkish capital.

Flautre said European Commission's progress report on Turkey was "cold and lacked optimism."

"Turkey has successfully made a number of reforms over the last few years and the Turkish society is vibrant with its political and social transformation," she said.


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