19 MAY 2011
President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso has dismissed claims that Turkey would be a burden for the European Union at a time when the 27-nation bloc’s membership talks with the candidate country are in standstill.
Barroso said, in contrast, Turkey would bring in a significant added value to the bloc during his speech at the European Business Summit on Wednesday, adding that the European Commission extended full support to Turkey's membership to the EU.
Barroso recalled the fact that several European Union member states are not ready to accept Turkey as a full member at this point and said he was aware of Turkey's disappointment with it.
Recent polls have shown that Turkish public has less incentive to embrace the EU membership than before and anti-EU sentiment among Turkish officials are increasingly growing. Despite sweeping reforms including constitutional amendments last year, the EU has criticized Turkey for lack of press freedom and reluctance in solving Turkey’s decades-old Kurdish problem.
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