A remarkable statement came from the European Union (EU) regarding visa liberalization for Türkiye.EU officials gave a date for talks, Ihlas News Agency reported.
Official sources from the European Union (EU) made statements to the correspondent of Ihlas News Agency.
"Shortly after the elections, in June, the European Council invited the High Representative and the Commission to submit a report to the European Council on the state of play of EU-Türkiye relations with a view to moving forward in a strategic and forward-looking way, based on the options identified by the European Council. This report will be discussed in the fall,” the official said.
Foreign ministers exchanged views in July on the need for the EU to re-engage with Türkiye and build on common interests while trying to bridge existing differences, the EU official added.
"Türkiye remains a candidate country and a key partner in many areas of common interest. The upholding of fundamental freedoms and values as defined in the European Convention on Human Rights, to which Türkiye is a party, is essential for regaining momentum," the official emphasized.
"The High Representative and the Commission's report to the European Council on the state of EU-Türkiye relations will be discussed in the fall. We cannot predict the outcome of this debate," the official highlighted.
Explaining Türkiye's progress towards full membership of the European Union, the official said, "Before the pause in accession negotiations (since 2018), the EU and Türkiye had opened 16 of the 35 negotiating chapters. Only the science and research chapter was temporarily closed. In 2006, the Council decided that 8 chapters related to Türkiye's restrictions on Cyprus would not be opened and that no further chapters would be provisionally closed until Türkiye fulfills its commitments under the Additional Protocol to the EU-Türkiye Association Agreement."
Source: Ihlas News Agency