Bulgaria EU Presidency to seek ”suitable forum” for Turkey rapprochement

The Bulgarian Presidency of the Council will seek a “forum other than the Western Balkans Summit” to pursue the EUs discussion and rapprochement with Turkey, if Turkey also seeks corrections on the rule of law and freedom of the press, Bulgarias Prime Minister Boyko Borisov noted, at the closing press conference following the joint meeting of the College of Commissioners and the Cabinet of Ministers of the presiding country.

Prime Minister Borisov pointed out that Turkey is an important partner in tackling the migration crisis, that co-operation with Turkey is extremely important for the EU. He recalled that migration flows significantly fell after the agreement with Ankara was reached. But he also stressed that the EU would insist that Turkey should make corrections to justice and freedom of the press – “the way Turkey treats journalists”, he said.

European Commission President Junker recalled that “Turkey is moving away from its European ambitions” and that “we expect to see what progress will be made in the coming months, but with journalists in prison, no progress can be made”, making it clear that relations with Turkey are still important for Europe.

Source: Cyprus News Agency