EU opens talks with Turkey on food safety

The European Union opened accession negotiations with Turkey on food safety, veterinary and phytosanitary policy chapter on Wednesday.

EU opens talks with Turkey on food safety

EU opens talks with Turkey on food safety, veterinary and phytosanitary policy chapter

The European Union (EU) opened accession negotiations with Turkey on food safety, veterinary and phytosanitary policy chapter on Wednesday.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, State Minister and EU chief negotiator Egemen Bagis, and Agriculture and Rural Affairs Minister Mehdi Eker attended the intergovernmental conference at the European Council during which entry talks on food safety chapter were launched.

Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos of Spain, holding the rotating presidency of the EU, and European Commissioner for enlargement Stefan Fule represented the EU in the intergovernmental conference.

Spain had said it wanted to open negotiations with Turkey on four chapters when it took over the rotating presidency of the union six months ago, on January 1, 2010.

However, it worked hard to launch talks on at least one chapter when it could not overcome political obstacles of some member states. Spain even broke a record by reducing the chapter opening process to ten days instead of months after Turkey fulfilled required criteria.

Thus, Turkey has opened negotiations with the EU on 13 chapters since October 2005. Austria launched entry talks with Turkey on one chapter during its rotating presidency in the first half of 2006, Germany opened negotiations on three chapters in the first half of 2007, Portugal launched entry talks with Turkey on two chapters in the second half of 2007.

Slovenia and France, each, opened full membership negotiations with Turkey on two chapters in 2008, and Sweden launched entry talks with Turkey only on one chapter in the second half of 2009.



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