EU needs Turkey: economy minister

The Turkish economy minister said Turkey did not need the EU, but the EU needed Turkey.

EU needs Turkey: economy minister

World Bulletin/News Desk

Turkish Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan said that Turkey did not need the EU, but the EU needed Turkey.

Caglayan, who spoke during the 2013 European Seafood Exposition (ESE) in Brussels, accused the EU of being hypocritical and insincere.

Caglayan said that Turkey was the first country which had been pursuing its EU full membership negotiations for 50 years, and had been in the customs union for 18 years.

Turkey does not need the EU, but the EU needs Turkey strongly, said Caglayan, adding that while one out of every three or four people in Spain and Greece was unemployed, Turkey, in contrast to Europe, employed five million more people in the past four years.

Regarding the 2013 ESE, Caglayan said that 15 Turkish companies were attending the fair.

The world seafood export volume was 120 billion USD, said Caglayan, adding that Turkey's share in this figure was 546 million USD. 

Last Mod: 24 Nisan 2013, 11:47
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