Turkey: EU Enlargement

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 12th November 2010.

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Photo of Fabian Hamilton Fabian Hamilton Labour, Leeds North East

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects Turkey to accede to the European Union.

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington The Minister for Europe

EU Accession is a condition-based not a time-based process. Turkey's accession is a key goal for the British Government, subject to the rigorous application of the accession criteria. We believe that Turkish accession would be to the wider benefit of the UK and EU, contributing to our security and prosperity. The accession process is challenging and Turkey must prove that it can meet the accession criteria and the requirements of the EU acquis before it can join the Union.

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