Turkey to harmonize transport and comms laws with EU

Turkey to spend 800 million euros from EU funds for education to 2020 to allow 300,000 students to join in Erasmus Program.

Turkey to harmonize transport and comms laws with EU

World Bulletin/News Desk

Turkey’s chief EU negotiator Volkan Bozkir said on Wednesday that Turkish transportation and communication legislation would be harmonized as part of the EU accession process.

After a meeting with European Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc, Bozkir said he and Bulc agreed on ‘’elevating transportation and communication legislation in Turkey to EU standards,’’  speaking on a visit to Brussels on Wednesday.

The European Council  had not previously opened the chapter on transport regarding Turkey’s accession into the EU. 

Bozkir also met with Hungary’s former foreign minister Tibor Navracsics, now commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport. 

''Education is one of our highest priorities,'' Bozkir said. Roughly 400,000 students from Turkey are benefitting from the Erasmus program, which is a European Union student exchange program established in 1987.

''We have spent 600 million euros from EU funds for education,'' Bozkir said, adding that an additional 800 million euros will be spent until 2020 for this purpose.

''We are planning that 300,000 to 400,000 more of our students will benefit from this opportunity,'' Bozkir said.

Bozkir also met with EU Ebola Coordinator Christos Stylianides on Wednesday and discussed issues including humanitarian aid for Syrian refugees and the struggle against Ebola. 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 19 Kasım 2014, 23:54

Muhammed Öylek