A Greens/EFA position paper
It's now been five years since the EU Member States opened accession negotiations with Turkey. In 1963, 1971, 1999 and 2004 the EU Member States repeatedly told Turkey that it would be eligible to join the Union as soon as it had a democratic constitution and had met the accession criteria. They unanimously guaranteed this by finally opening the accession negotiations on 3 October 2005.
The Greens /EFA group has always encouraged the process of Turkish accession and still supports the accession of Turkey to the EU as soon as Turkey fulfils the criteria for membership.