Turkish Deputy PM says EU's poverty argument unacceptable

Babacan said that EU could no longer bring forward an argument claiming that Turkey could not be accepted as a member due to poverty.

Turkish Deputy PM says EU's poverty argument unacceptable

Turkish State Minister & Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan said on Tuesday that EU could no longer bring forward an argument claiming that Turkey could not be accepted as a member due to poverty.

Speaking to a group of reporters in the Belgian capital of Brussels, Babacan said Europe had concerns about numerous countries, and particularly for Greece, however, it felt confidence towards Turkey.

Babacan said that Turkey, which stepped into an economic integration process with the EU after signing the Customs Union agreement, had to follow the future of the European economy closely.

Pointing to EU's economic problems, Babacan said the union could not have laid down a strategy that would help it recover from the crisis yet.

"This situation causes a great uncertainty," Babacan said.

He said markets did not have any concerns about Turkey as the country had carried out timely reforms and had taken its budget deficit under control thanks to structural measures.

Noting that EU might naturally remain distant to enlargement due to its economic and domestic problems, Babacan said Turkey's status as a country that would take off the load of the union's shoulders, would make it more desirable for Brussels.

He said EU would have a more positive attitude towards Turkey as it became aware of the country's potential.

"Today, EU cannot tell Turkey that it cannot be accepted as a member as its national income is low or because it is poor. The union cannot either tell Turkey that it will harm the union's balance. Because if they say so, we will have the right to ask what they will do about Bulgaria and Romania," Babacan said.

Commenting on the government's constitutional amendment package as well, Babacan said Turkey would reach EU standards in its political criteria once the package was implemented.

"This will have positive effects on economy in the long term," he said.


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Güncelleme Tarihi: 23 Mart 2010, 15:24

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