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Turkish Minister of EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator Egemen Bagis gave a message about May 9 "European Day" and said, "Turkey is a permanent member of extended EU family, and EU will be incomplete without Turkey."
Bagis also emphasized that Turkey is more closer to EU membership more than ever before, due to decisive steps of Turkish cabinet for 11 years.
Bagis stressed that Turkey takes possession of problems experienced by EU, and also possession of solving these problems.
"Turkeys' contribution to EU has been clearly understood, and been bravely expressed in the last term by Europeans' leading personalities, and this is very pleasing," said Minister Bagis.
Bagis underlined that Turkey will not make a concession from developing, democracy, justice, and freedom, and will never come back from its way.
Bagis also pointed out that decisive steps of Turkey for EU membership received no reaction from the EU.
"Turkey doesn't receive the treatment it deserves," said Bagis.
Bagis said that this is incongruous with EU's founding principles, which did not consist of same culture, same territory, and same belief.
"It should not be forgotten that this uniformity approximations drug EU into deep darkness over many years" said Minister Bagis.
Bagis stressed that Turkey nervously observes that the values represented by EU are disappearing.
"EU, which moves away from justice and equity, closes eyes to realities, and shut downs its ears to calls for democracy and freedom, not giving any hope. Moreover, the EU is regarded as an entity which is alarming," Bagis also said.
"Social policy and employment chapter should be opened"
Bagis also conveyed his expectation to Laszlo Andor, EU commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion that the chapter of "social policy and employment" should be opened to negotiations.
Egemen Bagis met Laszlo Andor, EU commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion on Wednesday.
Bagis emphasized that "technical blockage" in addition to "political blockage" was experienced in Turkeys' negotiations process with EU.
Bagis stressed that Turkey forged ahead with the chapter of "social policy and employment", which should be assessed by EU, and chapter should be opened.
"Opening this chapter would encourage Turkey to go on with its performance in this area," said Bagis.
Andor also talked about the chapters negotiated with EU by Turkey and said, "Chapters were set out by Council of Europe, and could not be changed. However, I am very happy about the performance and development put forward by Turkey."
Andor said that he will meet Turkish Labour and Social Security Minister Faruk Celik about fulfilling the technical criterions.
"We will assess together with Minister Celik how to extend to further steps in this area," also said Andor.Last Mod: 09 Mayıs 2013, 11:40