Prodi: Turkey will not get date for EU membership talks
Brussels, Oct 24 (CNA) -- Romano Prodi, president of the Commission of the
European Union, said here today that Turkey would not get a date for the start
of accession negotiations with the Union at the European Council meeting in
Copenhagen, in December.
Prodi said at a pre-summit press briefing in Brussels that the Commission was ''very pleased, very satisfied'' that in legislative terms Turkey had made ''an awful lot of progress'' in adopting the EU acquis.|
''The decisions taken in Turkey are of historical importance,'' Prodi said, adding that these could be attributed to ''rapproachement between Turkey and the EU.''
He added, however, that the Commission ''had not seen'' the implementation by Turkey of these legislative changes at the administrative level, as required by the criteria for accession to the EU set in the 1983 Copenhagen summit.
''So, in Copenhagen we do not foresee setting a date for accession negotiations with Turkey,'' he said.