Turkish FM: Reforms are for the benefit of our people, not concessions to the EU
Turkey's Foreign Minister and Chief Negotiator for EU talks Ali Babacan said late Tuesday that Turkish government makes reforms for the benefit of our people, not as concessions to the EU, reported New Anatolian.
Speaking at the meeting of the Turkey-EU Joint Parliamentary Commission in Brussels, Babacan said that various EU members want to divert Turkey from its goal of full EU membership.
"Many chapters wait to be opened due to political attitudes of various countries, but we are moving ahead", Babacan said. "We continue to make reforms by believing that these reforms are to the benefit of the Turkish people."
FM Babacan met the EU Commissioner for Foreign Affairs Jacek Saryusz-Wolski, Belgian Foreign Minister Karel De Gucht in Brussels on Tuesday.
Ali Babacan is expected to his meetings today and is set to meet European Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs and European Commissioner for Enlargement Olli Rehn and deliver a speech at the European Parliament Foreign Relations Commission.
Babacan will later depart for Bratislava to meet Slovakia's Foreign Minister Jan Kubis.