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Starting the accession talks

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The December 2004 European Council decision to commence accession negotiations with Turkey did not come without effort, and neither did the agreement on the common negotiation framework reached on October 3, 2005. In the case of Turkey, however, after the chapter on science and research was opened and provisionally closed in June 2006, negotiations were first stalled and started again at the end of March 2007 on the topic of enterprise and industry. Obviously, the issues of a widening current account deficit and increased domestic and external debt are a source of anxiety and will continue as such as long as domestic saving falls short starting the accession talks. Convinced that Turkey was determined not to act on this highly complex and sensitive issue, on November 29, 2006, the EU Commission drafted its recommendation to suspend the accession talks on eight chapters.

Keywords: accession; debt; December 2004 European Council; EU Commission; Turkey



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