Czech diplomat says new EU chief proof for Turkey's commitment

Egemen Bagis, the deputy chairman and a lawmaker of the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party, was appointed to the post earlier in January.

Czech diplomat says new EU chief proof for Turkey's commitment

Czech ambassador in Ankara said the appointment of a new chief official for European Union membership talks was a proof for Turkish government's commitment to the accession process.

Egemen Bagis, the deputy chairman and a lawmaker of the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party, was appointed to the post earlier in January.

"This is a very good and a positive step with which the government has shown its willingness to do more in the EU membership process," Eva Filipi told the AA.

Filipi said being a chief negotiator was a full-time job, adding that Bagis was "the right choice" for the post.

"Bagis is knowledgeable and he is communicative, and I hope that progress will be made in the reforms with Bagis in office," she said.

The Czech ambassador said 2009 would be "a tough year" for Turkey and the EU.

"Turkey has been unable to focus on EU reforms for the last year and a half due to general elections, AK Party closure case, which were all understandable," Filipi said.

The ambassador however cited certain positive developments in Turkey's EU efforts such as the launch of television broadcast in Kurdish on state-run media network, TRT.

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Last Mod: 20 Ocak 2009, 14:54
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