Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is going to pay a critical visit to Brussels on January 21, his first to the heart of the European Union in five years, to take up Turkey-EU relations with the Union’s top officials.
Erdogan is expected to come together with President of European Council Herman Van Rompuy, President of European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso and European Parliament President Martin Schulz in bilateral meetings, as well as in a separate mini-summit - an unaccustomed gathering for the chiefs of three top EU institutions.
Turkish premier will also meet the leaders of political parties represented in the EU parliament. Foreign Affairs Committee Chairperson Elmar Brok, EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Commission Co-President Helene Flautre and Parliament’s Turkey Rapporteur Ria Oomen-Ruijten will also be in attendance at the meetings.
Erdogan's talks with the EU officials are thought to focus on issues such as Turkey-EU relations, future steps to protect the acceleration in membership talks, difficulties in negotiation process and visa facilitation.
During his Brussels visit, Erdogan is expected to hold various meetings with Turkish representatives in Belgium.
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