Turkey will shoulder EU’s burden when it becomes member May 16, 2011Posted by Yilan in Human rights abuses.
Tags: EU, Turkey
The president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) said on Friday that Turkey would shoulder the burden of the European Union (EU) when it became a full member.
Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey believed in and contributed to Europe and European goals, and would continue to contribute to Europe and its institutions in the following years.
“Turkey will not be a burden on the EU when it becomes a member, but instead it will shoulder the union’s burden and will contribute to the EU in every sense,” Cavusoglu told a press conference in Turkey’s Mediterranean province of Antalya.
The Bureau of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities met at Antalya’s Dedeman Hotel within the framework of the Turkish chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (COE).
Cavusoglu said Turkey was much more stronger in COE today than ever, and Turkey had become an esteemed country thanks to its reforms, and thus had taken its place in all COE institutions.
Moreover, Keith Whitmore, president of the congress, said Turkey was a bridge connecting Asia and Europe to each other, and Turkey had a significant role in initiatives to be launched by COE member countries and by the EU in the transformation process in African countries.
The Bureau of the Congress is responsible for preparing proposals relating to general policy, the budget and election observation missions.
In their Antalya meeting, the members of the Bureau will examine in particular cooperation with the intergovernmental sector, as well as local and regional elections in Albania and Moldova. The agenda of the meeting also includes discussions on the Council of Europe’s Neighbourhood Policy, the Congress’ Budget, the report of the Group of Eminent Persons and the preparation of the Congress’ 1st Statutory Forum in June.