Turkish negotiator accuses EU of 'double standards'

Turkey's EU negotiator holds press conference in Brussels, saying Hungary to open the policy chapter in Turkey's accession talks

Turkish negotiator accuses EU of 'double standards'

Turkey's Chief Negotiator for European Union membership talks Egemen Bagis on Saturday held a press conference in Brussels.

Bagis said the European Commission and the EU's rotating helm Hungary were both determined to open the policy chapter in Turkey's accession talks, adding, Turkey would exert efforts to convince member countries to that end.

"However, the EU now fully understands that Turkey will not be accepting everything they would bring before us. They know that we will not accept any move that would weaken Turkey's economic power, our strongest leverage. We will try with good will to open this policy chapter. I hope we will meet halfway with the Commission if they show the same good will," Bagis said.

Bagis accused the Union of "practising double standards" on competition chapter, adding Turkey faced condition which no other candidate country had ever faced.

Bagis said they would resist impositions that could jeopardize international credibility of Turkish companies, adding certain EU countries were "jealous" of Turkey's performance in weathering the global economic recession.

"Turkey is not a country that would try to avoid challenges in the EU process. We are a country which can take up most difficult issues when necessary and make reforms in those areas," Bagis said.

Separately, Bagis said the European Business Summit had selected Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan as "European Business Leader of the Year."

Bagis said a ceremony was planned to be held on May 18 to present the prize to the Turkish premier.

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