Turkey’s plan to join the EU still on track

Turkey has given the European Commission a revised position paper for European Union accession chapter 17, economic and monetary policies, and expects the bloc to open the chapter in eight weeks’ time, EU Minister Volkan Bozkir has told Hürriyet Daily News.

Recalling that France lifted a blockage on some chapters after François Hollande replaced Turkey-skeptic Nicholas Sarkozy as president, Bozkır expressed his expectation that chapter 17 will be opened in two months, just before parliamentary elections slated for June 7.

“Under normal conditions and in the absence of political obstacles, this chapter can be opened in eight weeks. We’ll welcome it if it is opened; if it isn’t, we’ll continue our works as we have been doing so far. Opening chapters is the responsibility of the EU,” he said. Turkey and the union will increase bilateral dialogue in the upcoming term as President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan plans a visit to Brussels in 2015.

Earlier, Turkish officials intimated that the visit would occur in April, but Bozkır said it was likely to take place later as both sides’ schedule is busy for April. Ankara and Brussels are in talks to hold a Turkey-EU Summit upon Turkish leaders’ request to make ties more visible…