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Relations between Cyprus and Turkey

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After Cyprus' accession to the European Union (EU), Nicosia needed to position itself vis-à-vis Turkey. At the European Council meeting of 16/17 December 2004 the Heads of States and Governments of the EU 25 took several decisions on Turkey. On 18 May 2005, the European Commission presented to the Council the text of the protocol on the adaptation of the Ankara Agreement, together with a proposal for signature and conclusion. Together with the draft protocol to amend the EU-Turkey Customs Union the Commission also proposed to the Council the negotiating framework how to conduct accession negotiations. The proposal followed closely the text of the 2004 Brussels European Council. Article 1 (3) of the enlargement protocol makes clear that the customs union applies only to the territories of the Member States where EC law applies.

Keywords: Ankara Agreement; Customs Union; Cyprus; enlargement Protocol; European Council; European Union (EU); Member States; Turkey



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