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Brussels, 7 February 2012

Turkey: Š Füle and Egemen Bağış on positive agenda

The positive agenda for EU-Turkey relations was the main topic of the discussion between Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle and the Turkish Minister for EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator Egemen Bağış in Brussels today. Recalling that the positive agenda is not a substitute but complementary to the accession negotiations with Turkey, Commissioner Füle noted that good progress is being made in establishing the new positive agenda. "The focus is now on working together to deliver tangible results in the course of 2012 in the area of visa, mobility and migration, bringing Turkey closer to EU standards and practices, and on trade and the customs union," Commissioner Füle said. He also used this opportunity to welcome the recently announced package of reforms in the judiciary as an important part of political reforms in Turkey, but at the same time emphasised that more reform is needed in particular to address the root problems which lead to long pre-trial detentions and undermine freedom of expression and the right to a fair trial in Turkey.

Commissioner Füle and Minister Bağis also briefly discussed their forthcoming joint meeting with Commissioner Oettinger and Turkish Energy Minister Yildiz on intensified cooperation in the energy sector on Thursday 9 February in Istanbul.

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