Turkey says it expects Europe to honour its commitments to Turkey. This came as Ankara opened new chapters in its qualification process for membership in the European Union — the chapters on company law and intellectual property.
The conference in Luxembourg took place against the backdrop of the imminent assumption of the bloc’s presidency by France, which is openly reluctant about the Turkish EU bid.
Turkey’s negotiating progress has been hindered by disputes with EU member Cyprus,
EU concerns over human rights in Turkey and Ankara’s application of reforms.
In Luxembourg, Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan said: “We hope the French presidency will be a fair, impartial and transparent presidency, as we have been told on various occasions, and at various levels, it will be. We believe that our EU accession process will be further advanced during the French presidency.”
Turkey rejects any notion of less than full membership in the EU, such as France has proposed in the past few years. Ankara argues its economy, young population, cultural foundations and strong Western orientation are valuable assets, which would allow it to act as a bridge to the Muslim world.