Saturday, January 2, 2010

The EU and Turkey

Below an interview with Çiğdem Nas, one of Ö's closed friends since high school.
She is an expert in EU-Turkey and knows what she is talking about since the EU-Turkey project is her daily work for more than 10 year. Besides some fair criticism, she is realistic as well: she knows fairy well that implanting all the chapters of the Copenhagen Criteria by Turkey would be suicide for Turkey. That the divers governments used and still are using the EU as a carrot for their Turkish voters, is undeniable. Take for example the chapter ‘environment’ which implementation would be cost the Turkish state around 20 million €. Is that it worth and will the Turkish taxpayer accept that? And she has more points of concern. And she avaoids the usual populistic talk. Therefore it's always a pleasure to talk with her.

You can read here cautious and balanced answers of this interview below. Enjoy'

Çiğdem Nas, the deputy secretary-general of the Economic Development Foundation (İKV), has said the European Union hopes to become a more powerful force on the world stage with the Lisbon reform treaty going into force and that there are important changes concerning Turkey.

“Overall, the Lisbon Treaty may be interpreted as a further step on the road towards a federal Europe. Thus Turkey should think deeply about the notions of Europe, supranational integration and what recent reforms may imply regarding the concept of state and sovereignty,” Nas told Today’s Zaman for Monday Talk.

The treaty, which aims at making decision-making smoother, creates a long-term president and enhances the powers of the EU foreign policy chief, is intended to give the 27-country bloc more political clout to match its economic weight.

The treaty finally came into force on Dec. 1, eight years after European leaders launched a process to make the EU more democratic and efficient.

The new European Parliament was elected in June 2009 under the existing Nice Treaty. So there are 736 members of the European Parliament (MEPs), down from the previous 785. Under the Lisbon plan, the number will be fixed at 750.

Nas answered our questions about the changes to come with the new treaty and their relation to Turkey.

Read it all here.

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