Stefan Füle on Turkey’s accession
Stefan Füle, the Czech commissioner-designate for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy said yesterday 12 January , in the European Parliament Hearing for his confirmation, the door was opened to Turkey despite opposition in some memer states and accession talks were the best way to encourage economic and political reforms: « Accession is the best leverage we have for Turkey to modernise and reform.« (…) « the accession will go ahead, but I will do everything to make it clear that they need to implement the Ankara protocol. »
When asked about if he could see Turkey as a member, because of its different culture he was forthright, « Let me be very clear, can I see Turkey as a member? Yes I can. It’s about the credibility of the EU, but also about Turkey fulfilling all criteria. I’m confident it will be a new, modern and reformed Turkey, that will be to the benefit of the EU and Turkey. There are divergent views in this House and I am ready to discuss with any of you, in whatever forum you prefer. »
Füle also rejected the « privileged partnership » relationship mooted by some EU member states: « Privileged partnership is not on the table« .