HL Deb 11 December 2001 vol 629 c182WA
Lord Harrison

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is their response to the European Union Commission's annual report on European union applicant states in respect of Turkey. [HL1625]

The Minister for Trade (Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean)

Her Majesty's Government welcome the European Commission's report, which recognised Turkey's recent constitutional reforms as an important step towards meeting the EU's Copenhagen political criteria. And we agree that Turkey needs to undertake more work to meet the Copenhagen political criteria, in particular with respect to implementing human rights reforms.