Cyprus News | Turkey EU Membership Talks Resume

Cyprus News – Turkey EU Membership Talks Resume

After three years, with other countries overtaking them in the EU membership queue, talks with Turkey are to resume on 5th November. Turkey began negotiations in 2005, 18 years after applying, but has so far made little progress. EU enlargement commissioner Stefan Fuele said that “recent developments in Turkey underline the importance of EU engagement and of the EU remaining the benchmark for reform in Turkey.”

The EU postponed plans to launch new talks in June as a response for the way they handled recent unrest. The newly opened negotiating chapter is one of more than 30 that need to be discussed before Turkey can join the EU.  It covers issues dealing with how the country spends EU aid targeted for poor regions.

 

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