Turkey's EU accession, 'A long & narrow road'

Turkish EU Ministry organized the premiere night of the documentary titled "A Long and Narrow Road" telling 50 years of Turkey's EU accession process.

Turkey's EU accession, 'A long & narrow road'

World Bulletin/News Desk

Turkish EU Ministry organized the premiere night of the documentary titled "A Long and Narrow Road: 50 Year History of Turkey-EU Relations" on Monday evening at National Agency in Ankara.

Turkish EU Minister and Chief Negotiator Egemen Bagis made the opening speech of the event.

Bagis said Turkey's EU accession process since its application in 1959 has been a beneficial but also stressful, even a "double road", not just "long and narrow".

Bagis emphasized that the EU project, being the largest democratization and peace project of history, was still a continental one, and added, "Turkey has very significant contributions for globalizing it."

Deputy Prime Minister Responsible for the Economy and former Chief Negotiator Ali Babacan also delivered a speech, and said "The EU projects present a quality test for democratization."

Stating that everything was not perfect in the EU in terms of democracy neither, Babacan added Turkey was focusing on the ideals that hold member states together, rather than the implementation.

Emphasizing on the role of the EU for Turkish economic progress in the last decade, Babacan also said all criteria for foreign investors to invest in Turkey were hidden in the EU accesion process.

" A Long and Narrow Road"

The trailer of the documentary co-produced by Turkish Radio and Television Institution (TRT), which is covering especially the last 10 years of Turkish-EU relations along with the transformation that Turkey has undergone during its accession process, was presented on September 23, on the occasision of 50th anniversary of Turkey's signing its association agreement which established Turkey-EU relations on legal basis with the then European Community (EC).

The documentary includes interviews with Turkish President Abdullah Gul, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and several ministers, as well as former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroder, former British Premier Tony Blair, Commissioner responsible for enlargement and European neighbourhood policy Stefan Fule along with several EU leaders.

The documentary will be broadcast on TRT in 3 parts in the coming days.

 

Last Mod: 23 Eylül 2013, 22:18
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