Turkish Minister hopes new chapters in EU talks to open

Barrot will pay a visit to Turkey in November, Bagis said.

Turkish Minister hopes new chapters in EU talks to open

Turkish State Minister and Chief Negotiator for EU talks Egemen Bagis and Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin met separately with Jacques Barrot, the European commissioner for justice, freedom and security, and Olli Rehn, the European commissioner for enlargement in Brussels on Wednesday.

Speaking to reporters following their meetings, Egemen Bagis said that both meetings were extremely fruitful.

Barrot will pay a visit to Turkey in November, Bagis said.

In our meeting with Barrot, we discussed fight against illegal migration and EU-Turkey negotiations. In our meeting with Rehn, we exchanged opinions on the Progress Report to be made public on October 14, Bagis said.

"Turkey has made crucial reforms in 2009. Each passing day, new draft laws are being submitted to the Turkish parliament," Bagis noted.

"We will continue to work so that new chapters do get opened in Turkey's EU negotiatons," Bagis said.

"I am hopeful that the chapter on environment, an issue with technical details, will get opened for negotiations in December," Bagis also said.

Minister Ergin, in his part, said that Turkey's judicial reform strategy is a must for EU membership negotiations.

Egemen Bagis will proceed to Paris on Wednesday night to join President Abdullah Gul who is visiting France.

Minister Ergin will return to Turkey on Thursday.


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