Turkey's Bagis takes over chief EU negotiator post

Turkish FM Babacan said a full EU membership was a strategic target for Turkey and it was a state project.

Turkey's Bagis takes over chief EU negotiator post

A ceremony took place in the Turkish capital of Ankara on Sunday for appointment of new chief EU negotiator of Turkey.

Egemen Bagis, who also became a cabinet member as state minister, took over the post of chief negotiator from Foreign Minister Ali Babacan at a ceremony in the Secretariat General for EU Affairs in Ankara.

Delivering a speech in the ceremony, Babacan said a full EU membership was a strategic target for Turkey and it was a state project.

EU negotiation process brought an important reform frame to Turkey to reach the level of contemporary civilization and it ensured a political, economic and communal transformation in the country, he said.

Babacan said a major part of successes that Turkey had achieved in its economy was based on Turkey's EU accession process which brought Turkey to a different point.

Babacan said he would like to congratulate Bagis on his new post.

In his part, Bagis said he would work with Babacan and officials at the Foreign Ministry in the following period and they would do all they could to make Turkey a full member of the EU.

Turkey's accession would become a historic turning point which would serve peace and prosperity of humanity, Bagis said.

"This is a long process and a long-run marathon. We will keep running in this marathon," he said.

"I am sure that EU will fulfill its responsibilities in this process. We will work to fulfill ours," he said.

Bagis said they expected that EU would treat Turkey fairly and refrain from policies which would discourage Turkey.

Turkey would fulfill reforms for Turkish people and for a more modern country, he added.

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