Turkish European Union (EU) Minister Volkan Bozkir said on Thursday that EU will open a new chapter for Turkey’s accession talks in December.
Bozkir said ‘’We will open Chapter 17 on December 14 or 15 in Brussels," at the Turkish Ministry for EU Affairs in the capital Ankara.
Bozkir also said that five or six more chapters may open during the year of 2016.
Turkey completed 14 chapters of a total number of 35 policy chapters in accession talks and 17 of them remain blocked, including Chapter 17 on economic and monetary policy, and Chapter 26 on education and culture.
The Cyprus issue remains a major obstacle to Turkey's EU membership bid.
With respect to EU-Turkey summit, which will be held on Nov. 29 in Brussels, Bozkir said: "We are expecting to transfer to a new position," adding that the summit would be a "great opportunity" for enhancing relations.
Meanwhile, the Permanent Delegation of Turkey to the EU announced on its official Twitter account on Thursday that the summit will reinvigorate Turkey’s EU accession talks, increase political dialogue and discuss cooperation against all forms of terrorism.
The delegation added that EU's visa liberalisation for Turkish citizens, challenges of irregular migration, sharing the burden of hosting Syrians under temporary protection and upgrading of customs union were among a host of issues expected to be discussed.