EU Commissioner for enlargement Olli Rehn indicated only Turkey could set the rhythm of the reforms and said, "this can be a fast samba or a slow valse but the orchestra and the music should never stop."
Olli Rehn took the floor at the high-level conference on "Turkey and the EU: Together for a European Energy Policy" in Istanbul.
Rehn said as a result of their past experiences on expansion they believed that the accession to the EU requires a wide political and national consensus with the participation of all political parties and social segments.
Rehn emphasized that Turkey as a democratic country --with its predominantly muslim population-- set an unequalled example and made use of this to establish a dialogue between civilizations.
The EU Commissioner also stressed that energy was a highly important matter, and said a collaboration in energy sector between Turkey and the EU would be in the best interest of both sides.
Rehn underlined the importance of sustainable energy supply for the EU and said Turkey had an important role to play in this area.
Noting that the EU member states were assessing the screening report on energy Rehn said the negotiations on this chapter would also be opened officially.
"Also in addition to this there is the Energy Community treaty. This forms the framework for a deeper regional cooperation. I would like to take this opportunity to reiterate my invitation to Turkey to join this community. We know that Turkey began participating at the Energy Community with observer status in November. I hope that soon it will join the community with full member status," added Rehn.
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