Bağış discusses EU bid in talks in Paris April 7, 2011Posted by Yilan in EU, France.
Tags: Bağış, EU, Paris
Turkish State Minister Egemen Bağış, who is also Turkey’s chief negotiator for European Union talks, on Wednesday met with French Minister for European Affairs Laurent Wauquiez.
Bağış, who is in Paris for formal talks, and Wauquiez met over a working lunch in Paris. The two discussed bilateral relations and Turkey’s troubled bid to join the EU, diplomats said. France, which opposes Turkey’s EU membership, blocks accession negotiations on five chapters that it says are directly related to accession.
Bağış expressed unease over the slow progress of accession negotiations and complained that the negotiation process was negatively affected by French and Greek Cypriot reluctance over opening of new chapters, diplomats said. Bağış was also due to have a meeting with Bruno Le Maire, French Minister for Agriculture, Food Supply, Fisheries, Rural Areas and Regional Development while in Paris.