Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkey’s EU minister, has asked for “sincerity” and “realism” from the EU in regards to the opening of new chapters for Turkey’s accession to the 28-member bloc.
The chapters form the basis of accession negotiations for each country to the EU. They focus areas which require reforms in order to meet the accession conditions.
“Preventing the opening of Chapters 23 and 24 on ‘judiciary and fundamental rights’ and “justice, freedom and security’ respectively for which Turkey has been criticized is not a realistic and sincere approach,” Cavusoglu said at the EU-Turkey town twinning conference held in Ankara Monday.
Cavusoglu said the EU-Turkey Town Twinning Project was a cultural activity and would help overcome prejudices in the EU, adding that “today, one of the biggest problems of the EU is racism and xenophobia.”
“35 towns from 18 EU countries are here today with representatives from 20 provinces in Turkey to discuss what kind of projects they could be conducting together,” Cavusoglu continued…