Turkey's premier rejects criticism over EU bid
Turkey's premier rejected Tuesday criticism that his government slowed down the reform process and lost excitement for its bid to join the European Union, reported World Bulletin.
"Such rumors have been pumped in the society. But our government keeps going on its way with full determination," Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a parliamentary meeting of his Justice & Development (AK) Party.
In its recent Turkey progress report made public last week, the European Commission criticized Turkish government for the slow pace of its EU-oriented reforms.
"Despite obstacles and efforts to slow down our EU process, we are continuing our reforms and we will continue reforms under the timetable we set before," Erdogan told his party members, denying media reports and comments that the government had lost its determination.
"Our goal is to raise standards and bring a better life standard for our people. It is impossible for us to give up this goal under any circumstances," he said.