4/1/2009

EU assures Turkey of membership prospects

Dunya - The European Union has told its Balkan neighbors and Turkey that they remain on track for membership, saying it will open accession talks with Ankara on two more chapters before June. Speaking at an informal meeting of EU foreign ministers in Hluboka nad Vltavou in the Czech Republic, the bloc's Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn said that talks on two chapters, namely taxation and social policy and employment, will be opened before Sweden takes over the presidency from the Czech Republic on June 1. In Saturday's meeting, the EU foreign ministers assured their counterparts from Turkey, Croatia and Macedonia and four other Western Balkan nations that the desire to bring them into the EU remains undiminished and that they remain on the membership path.