Turkey determines time when it is fully ready to join EU
Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan.28
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
During the next two years, Turkey will finally be ready to become a full member of the EU, the Minister for EU Affairs Volkan Bozkir said, according to Anadolu agency Jan.28.
The goal of Turkey is also to raise the standard of living in the country to the level of the EU, according to the minister.
Earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that his country has no interest in the issue of accession to EU.
"Ankara will not beg for accession to EU and the country's strength will grow," he said.
The official negotiations on Turkey's accession to the EU were resumed in 2005.
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc earlier said that if previously 75 percent of Turkey's population supported the country's accession to the EU, currently, this figure has dropped to 20 percent.
Turkey has fulfilled 65 percent of its commitments to the EU for accession to this organization.
Earlier, the country's Minister for EU Affairs Volkan Bozkir said the negotiations between Turkey and EU can't continue in the format required by the organization. He said at the time that democracy in Turkey is at a higher level than in some European countries.
Edited by CN
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