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Brussels, 4 December 2013

EU-Turkey: ready to sign readmission agreement

Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle met today with Minister for Foreign Affairs of Turkey Ahmet Davutoğlu in Brussels to discuss the latest developments in EU-Turkey relations. They agreed that following the opening of a new negotiating chapter last month, both sides should seize the new momentum to allow further progress in the accession negotiations.

Both Commissioner Füle and Commissioner Malmström welcomed Turkey's readiness to sign the readmission agreement announced by Minister Davutoğlu. "The imminent signature of a readmission agreement between the EU and Turkey and the launch of a dialogue towards visa liberalisation will give new impetus to our joint project, and make it more tangible to citizens. I also expect Turkey to make further steps towards fulfilling the criteria, while emphasising that the EU should equally continue to enable progress in the talks", Commissioner Füle said after the meeting.

Commissioner Füle and Minister Davutoğlu also discussed bilateral issues of mutual interest, notably developments in the Eastern neighbourhood.


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