Turkey expects EU to open food safety chapter

This will be the 13th chapter heading on which negotiations were launched between Turkey and the EU.

Turkey expects EU to open food safety chapter

Turkey's secretary general for the European Union (EU) said on Wednesday that Turkey expected the union to open negotiations with Turkey on food safety chapter.

Secretary General Volkan Bozkir said Turkey expected the EU to open negotiations on the mentioned chapter on June 30, the last day of the Spanish presidency of the union.

This will be the 13th chapter heading on which negotiations were launched between Turkey and the EU.

"Turkey has completed all its preparations regarding food safety, and handed over the file to the European Commission the previous day," Bozkir told AA correspondent in the Aegean province of Izmir.

Bozkir said Turkey would try to open this chapter to negotiations in the first half of July during the Belgian presidency of the EU if it failed to launch negotiations by June 30.

Turkey had almost completed its preparations on public procurement and competition policy chapters, and the parliament should pass two laws regarding those chapters, Bozkir said.

"We think we can launch negotiations on these two chapters by the end of 2010," he also said.

Turkey is a candidate country for EU membership since the Helsinki European Council of December 1999. Accession negotiations started in October 2005 with the analytical examination of the EU legislation.


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