The Turkish state minister for media welcomed on Saturday Euronews broadcastings in Turkish.
Turkey's State Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said Turkey had symbolically joined the European Union (EU) with Euronews broadcastings in Turkish.
A ceremony took place in Istanbul on the occasion of broadcastings of Euronews, one of the most high-prestige media organs in Europe, in Turkish. Euronews will cooperate with the Turkish state-run TRT.
Also speaking in the ceremony, Pier Luigi Malesani, an executive of the Euronews, said Turkey would become closer to Europe with Euronews broadcastings.
Lyon-based Euronews TV channel already broadcasts in Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian for 24 hours a day.
Turkish-language news channel will go on air throughout the world through 34 satellites.
Under an agreement signed in 2008, TRT became the fourth biggest partner of the Euronews with a 15.7 percent stake.
Euronews has 21 share-holders including leading national TV channels from European countries. France has 25 percent, Italy 21 percent, Russia 19 percent and Switzerland 9 percent shares in the news channel.
Founded in 1992 in Lyon as a European Broadcasting Union initiative, Euronews beams out into 293 million households in 150 countries by cable, satellite and terrestrial 24 hours a day with more than 400 staff from different nationalities.
In terms of audience, Euronews is the most watched news channel in Europe.