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Brussels, 22 January 2014
EU-Turkey: need to maintain progress in our relations
European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle met with Turkish Minister for EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu in Brussels today to continue the discussion they started at their first meeting in Strasbourg last week.
Commissioner Füle and the EU Minister discussed the comments on the draft laws communicated by the European Commission with a view to supporting Turkey in respecting the EU norms and practices in this field at the heart of the accession process.
They also followed up on the announcement by European Council President Van Rompuy and Prime Minister Erdoğan yesterday that Turkey and the EU would consult closely on the EU's continuing concerns regarding respect for the rule of law in Turkey.
Commissioner Füle recalled that draft legislation on the judiciary still needs to be brought in line with European standards. He also reiterated the need to continue investigations into corruption allegations to be conducted in full independence and impartiality. Commissioner Füle took good note of the assurances provided by Minister Çavuşoğlu that they would continue the dialogue established to date to address these concerns and they agreed to maintain their close contact on these issues of primary importance to both Turkey and the EU.
They also discussed in more detail the prospects for progress in the EU-Turkey relations in 2014 following the recent opening of a new negotiating chapter and signature of the readmission agreement, as well as the visa dialogue.