EU backs reform package in Turkey, Spanish FM says

Moratinos said the European Union gave full support to the constitutional amendment package in Turkey.

EU backs reform package in Turkey, Spanish FM says

Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos said Monday the European Union (EU) gave full support to the constitutional amendment package in Turkey.

The 48th Turkey-EU Association Council meeting took place in Brussels with the participation of Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkish State Minister and Chief Negotiator for EU talks Egemen Bagis, EU Term President Spain's Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos and European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fule.

Speaking at a press conference following the Association Council meeting, Moratinos said that Spain was determined to promote Turkey's accession negotiations during its term presidency.

However, our efforts in this issue are not sufficient. We need Turkey to continue making reforms and approval of other EU members, Moratinos underlined.

Spain does want to see Turkey as a full member after being a candidate for 50 years. We will work to realize this goal and try to open a chapter or chapters to negotiations during our term presidency, Moratinos said.

The foreign policy interests of Turkey and the EU intersect, Moratinos said.

Praising Turkey's foreign policy, Moratinos said that Turkey had become a "great player in the international arena".

With its foreign policy seeking results, Turkey successfully handled finding diplomatic solution to Iran's nuclear program, and other tough files related to the Caucasus and Middle East, Moratinos also said.

Stefan Fule, in his part, said that the EU worked to open chapters on competition policy, public procurement, social policy, employment and food security with Turkey in 2010.

Aside from these chapters, we may also open chapters on energy, education and culture to negotiations, Fule also said.



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