Turkey announces new national action plan to join EU
Turkey's European Union Minister Volkan Bozkir used a press conference Thursday to announce a new 'action plan' detailing the country's future steps in its bid to join the bloc, Anadolu Agency reported.
The plan, called "National Program for the Adoption of the EU Acquis," will see the launching new pieces of legislation in order to make a headway in policy areas, or 'chapters' requirements which every candidate coıuntry needs to fulfill to become a member.
Bozkir listed the three main pillars of the plan as "determination in the political reform process, continuity in socio-economic transformation in the accession process and effectiveness in communication."
"We have launched over 2,000 pieces of legislations over the last 12 years, this is a development to be proud of," he said. "Since last year, we have started to launch 170 new pieces of legislations as well."
Turkey's latest national EU program was published in 2008.
"The National Program for the Adoption of the EU Acquis is a guarantee from Turkey to the EU to pursue the necessary reforms," Bozkir said.
The first stage of the program covers the period between November 2014 and June 2015. It will be comprised of 36 new bills and 142 pieces of secondary legislations.
Bozkir also pointed out that accession to the EU is not a technical process, but a "political one."
So far,14 'chapters' have been opened, while 17 remain blocked and a further four have yet to be discussed. Only one chapter could be opened in the past three years.
Cyprus problem and Germany and France's opposition to full membership stand as major obstacles before Turkey's accession.