EU, Turkey launch bid to revive accession process

By REUTERS
May 17, 2012 15:22

 
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ANKARA - The European Union has lost appeal for the Turkish people after years of stagnation in Ankara's accession talks but a new "positive agenda" launched on Thursday will aim to revive the process, the bloc's enlargement chief said on Thursday.

In a bid to kick-start the flagging negotiations, EU enlargement chief Stefan Fuele and Turkish Minister for European Affairs Egemen Bagis announced the start of a "positive agenda" at a conference in Ankara.

The initiative, which will create "working groups" devoted to individual chapters with the goal of speeding up efforts to align Turkish policy with EU legislation, will not replace the existing process but would support it, Fuele said.

"The positive agenda should bring fresh dynamics and new momentum in our relations. Our aim is to keep the accession process alive ... after a period of stagnation which has been a source of frustration for both sides," Fuele said.

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