EU to open two new chapters for Turkey: France

French FM Kouchner said it was a common decision made by EU-member countries, although his personal view was different.

EU to open two new chapters for Turkey: France
European Union (EU) will open two new chapters for Turkey's accession talks, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said on Tuesday.

France holds the six-month rotating EU presidency for the rest of this year.

Kouchner said it was a common decision made by EU-member countries, although his personal view was different.

However, he said the 27-nation bloc would not be able to welcome any new members without the Lisbon Treaty rejected by Irish voters last month.

Turkey became an EU candidate country in December 1999. The union launched accession talks with Turkey on October 3rd, 2005.

The EU temporarily opened and closed chapter heading on "science and research" during the rotating presidency of Austria in the first half of 2006.

The Union launched negotiations on three chapter headings -- "enterprise and industrial policy, "statistics" and "financial control" in the first half of 2007 during the rotating presidency of Germany.

Portugal, who took over the EU rotating presidency from Germany in the second half of 2007, opened negotiations on two chapter headings, "consumer and health protection" and "trans-European networks".

EU froze talks in 8 of the 35 chapter headings with Turkey in 2006 on charges that Turkey did not meet its obligations stemming from the Additional Protocol.

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