Turkey to work for more entry talks in EU bid, minister says

The Turkish justice minister said that Turkey would work more to enable EU to open entry talks with Turkey on judiciary and fundamental rights.

Turkey to work for more entry talks in EU bid, minister says

 

The Turkish justice minister said on Friday that Turkey would work more to enable the European Union (EU) to open entry talks with Turkey on judiciary and fundamental rights.

Turkey's Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin said Turkey had decided to work more and intensify its contacts to launch accession negotiations on judiciary and fundamental rights.

"It is important to launch negotiations on this chapter because it is one of the chapters that will have a positive impact on other chapter headings," Ergin told reporters after meeting European Commissioner for enlargement Stefan Fule in Brussels.

Ergin said Fule and he discussed Turkey's constitutional amendment package, and said the European Commission had earlier stated that the amendments were in line with EU criteria.

Turkey's justice minister said fight against terrorism was one of the topics of Informal Meeting of EU Justice and Home Affairs Council.

"We also discussed the advantages of Eurojust, an agency the EU has established for judicial cooperation in countering organized crime, in fight against terrorism," Ergin also said.

Ergin completed his talks in Brussels with his meeting with Fule, and then departed Belgium for Turkey.

During his stay in Belgium, Ergin met Friends of Turkey Group in the European Parliament (EP). He was scheduled to meet Martin Schulz, the leader of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the EP, but the meeting was cancelled due to Schulz's illness.

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Güncelleme Tarihi: 17 Temmuz 2010, 12:46
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