EU leaders to call on Turkey to comply with contractual obligations
By Nicos Bellos
Brussels, Jun 2 (CNA) ? The 25 EU leaders are expected to call on Turkey during the forthcoming European Council in Brussels 15-16 June, to comply with contractual obligations with the EU, by implementing the Additional Protocol of its Customs Union with Cyprus.
The position is included in the revised draft conclusions of the European Council, following discussions in Coreper on 23 May 2006 and at Klosterneuburg.
In the section on Turkey, the draft conclusions note that ?the European Council reviewed progress made in the acquis screening and welcomes the start of substantive accession negotiations with Turkey. Turkey is expected to share the values, objectives and the legal order set out in the treaties. The Union is committed to support Turkey in its efforts to comply with the Union's standards and membership obligations, including the Copenhagen criteria?.
It stresses that ?the European Council recalls, in line with previous conclusions, that the current negotiations are based on each country's own merits and that their pace will depend on each country's progress in preparing for accession measured against the requirements set out in the Negotiating Framework?.
It emphasizes that ?this includes the compliance with contractual obligations under the Association Agreement, including the Customs Union and the implementation in 2006 of the Additional Protocol as well as the implementation of the revised Accession Partnership?.
In addition, ?the European Council calls on Turkey to intensify the reform process and to implement it fully and effectively throughout the country, so as to ensure its irreversibility and sustainability as well as to progress towards the fulfillment of the Copenhagen political criteria?.