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Turkey: EU Accession

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on Turkey’s accession to the EU; and what recent discussions he had with his (a) French and (b) German counterparts on Turkish accession. (285242)

The Government remain a strong advocate and supporter of Turkish accession to the EU, and reaffirm this at each possible opportunity. The UK works closely with other EU member states to take forward the accession negotiations and supports Turkey’s reform process to ensure that EU negotiations remain on track.

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary regularly meets his French and German counterparts. He met France’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Bernard Kouchner, most recently at the France summit in July where they discussed political and technical issues in relation to the EU accession negotiations.

Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead, the Minister for Europe, recently met her French counterpart, Pierre Lellouche, to whom she emphasised that the EU accession process was key to reforms in Turkey. Baroness Kinnock spoke in early July to her German counterpart, Gunther Gloser, about EU issues, including enlargement.