12/17/2008

EU to open two more chapters in Turkey's accession negotiations

Hurriyet Daily News - The European Union will open the chapters of "free movement of capital" and "information society and media" in Turkey's accession negotiations with the bloc, ANKA news agency reported on Tuesday. The 27-member bloc will officially open the chapters in Friday's intergovernmental conference in Brussels, where Ali Babacan,Turkish Foreign Minister, will also attend. The EU has regularly opened only two chapters in Turkey's accession negotiations in each presidency term. France hands the presidency to Czech Republic at the end of December. Some countries, Greek Cypriots in particular, blocked France's efforts to open the "energy" chapter, sources also told ANKA. The opening of the negotiation on the "energy" chapter is seen as an important issue since the EU sees Turkey as a key partner in its efforts to diversify energy supply routes.

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