Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Tuesday that Turkey aims to advance in its accession talks with the European Union (EU) by opening new chapters at a joint news conference with his Bulgarian counterpart on a visit to Sofia.
Davutoglu also said that they expect to complete the process as soon as possible, during the press conference.
Meanwhile, on Monday the European Union opened a new chapter on economic policy in Turkey's ongoing accession talks, reviving the country's membership bid.
Chapter 17, which proposes to align Turkey with the EU’s economic and monetary policy and guarantees the independence of Turkey's central bank will be the first chapter to be opened within the last two years.
The total number of chapters opened so far in Turkey’s accession talks will rise to 15 out of 35
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek said on Monday "We are committed to taking necessary steps to become a full member of EU," at a news conference in Brussels.
"[Chapter] 17 is a significant article because it is related to price stability, micro-financial stability and it’s also about stable, sustainable [and] balanced growth. The government is determined to building up the central bank's independency," Simsek added.
The opening of the new chapter follows a meeting between EU heads of government and Prime Minister Davutoglu on Nov.29 in Brussels in which they agreed that Turkey would stem the flow of refugees coming into Europe in exchange for visa liberalisation and re-energising the accession process.