Turkey deserves EU memberships
more than Central and Eastern European Countries...
a Turkish citizen and for her EU membership and want you
to back up Turkey to become a member of EU for several
concerns I’ll mention below.
(26 September 2002, Ankara) First of all, there
are both advantages and disadvantages of every activity.
At first glance; her population, religious belief, present
economic and financial conditions and indicators of Turkey
may be seen our disadvantages. But, i.e. subsidies and
support to farmers are given by the funds taxpayers bore.
So, these transfers cause misallocation of funds, unfair
competition and unfruitful expenditure businessmen and
entrepreneurs may evaluate more efficiently.
More importantly, Turkey has historical ties with Europe. Even,
there are a great number of people throughout Europe today.
More than half of foreign trade volume of Turkey is being
made with EU, conducting customs union implications. Considering
NATO, Council of Europe, WTO and such European and international
organizations, Turkey kept intended to become a part of
Western World, mostly earlier than many European countries.
As well known, Turkey has applied for EU membership in
1959 after 2 years Rome Agreements signed, even before
England when EC consists of six countries.
On the other hand, the founder of the Republic of Turkey, M. Kemal
ATATURK imposed on Western institutions, laws and rules
and showed Western World as a target, path towards modern
civilizations, having their science and technology adapted.
Turkey now is more modern than Eastern European countries,
other candidate countries to the EU, having more capable
business idea, liberal economy backgrounds and free individual
In conclusion, Turkey has a great potential to share with the EU
countries for economic activities with younger population,
rich natural resources, fruitful geography and climate
surrounded by three seas. If EU leaves prejudice on Turkey’s
membership, it may give her a chance as well as did to
Greece, Portugal and Spain, and now -in my opinion- she
deserves more than Central and Eastern European Countries’
membership. Also, I wish you would visit Turkey as a tourist
for at least a week preferably in summer any tour agency
near you provides you, so that you may find concrete answers
to your various questions, hesitations and worries.
I hope and deliberately expect from your democrat personality that
act without double standards and assumptions, hence you
will open the way in the upcoming Copenhagen Summit of
the European Council to Turkey, offering a timetable towards
membership, starting “screening” process of
acquis, at least same procedure supposed to be followed
by Bulgaria and Romania.
Thanks in advance for your objective and impartial approach to
Turkey’s application to be a member of the EU family.
Undersecretariat of Treasury
7th floor, Emek
Ankara, Turkey 06510