Magazine article Europe-East

Eu/turkey : Ankara Launches New Long-Term Reform Programme

Magazine article Europe-East

Eu/turkey : Ankara Launches New Long-Term Reform Programme

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Disappointed by the EU's decision on the partial suspension of the accession negotiations, Ankara does not, however, lose its vigour and takes new initiatives to continue the reform process. At its meeting scheduled for 10 January, the Turkish government, in the presence of Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul and Ali Babacan, State Minister and Turkey's chief EU negotiator, will announce the launch of the country's new reform programme and a six-year road map' that outlines Ankara's EU strategy.

"We are meeting on 10 January together with all of our undersecretaries and heads of the state institutions under the leadership of our foreign minister. We will announce the start of our reform programme and road map at this meeting," Babacan said in a television interview on 29 December.

The new programme and the road map' that would last until 2013 is Ankara's answer to the EU leaders' decision, who at the European Council of 14-15 December froze eight out of 35 chapters into which the accession negotiations are divided. This move has been taken by the EU in response to Turkey's failure to comply with the Ankara Protocol, which obliges Turkey to open up its ports and airports to all EU member states, including Cyprus.

"We are clearly not in a situation to wait for the EU to open and close the chapters or to suspend the talks. We will move ahead with the reforms," said Babacan. "Turkey has no time to lose and we must rapidly go forward," he added.

A spokesman for the Turkish representation to the EU in Brussels, Caglar Cakiralp, told Europolitics that the new reform program will cover all areas including such sectors as agriculture, which has been suspended by the EU. …

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