Turkish PM to meet EU's comissioner in Belgium

Türkiye Materials 17 January 2009 13:02 (UTC +04:00)

The Turkish prime minister will travel to Belgium on Sunday.

Turkey's Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan would fly to the Belgian capital of Brussels on Sunday upon an invitation of European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, his office said.

This will be the first visit the Turkish prime minister will pay to Brussels upon an invitation of the president of the European Commission since 1996, reported World bulletin.

It will also be the first visit of the Turkish prime minister to Brussels since the European Union (EU) summit in December 2004.

Erdogan will pay a two-day visit to Brussels, and discuss Turkey's EU accession process, Turkey-EU relations, regional and international matters.

The Turkish prime minister will also have talks with Javier Solana, the EU foreign policy chief; Hans-Gert Pottering, the president of the European Parliament (EP); and leaders of the political groups in the EP.

Erdogan will deliver speeches in two think-tanks including the European Policy Center and Friends of Europe, and visit the Istanbul Center in Brussels on Monday.

The prime minister is also scheduled to meet representatives of Turkish citizens and associations in Belgium during his two-day visit.

Erdogan is expected to return to Turkey on Tuesday.

European Commission President Barroso visited Turkey between April 10 and 12, 2008.

Turkey became an EU candidate country in December 1999. The union launched accession talks with Turkey on October 3, 2005.