Italy backs Turkey's Eu bid

Meeting in Rome between Monti and Turkish premier Erdogan

08 May, 17:50

(ANSAmed) - ROME, MAY 8 - Italian Premier Mario Monti reaffirmed Italy's support for Turkey's entrance into the European Union on Tuesday, adding that Europe had much to learn from the Mediterranean country. ''Italy wholeheartedly supports Turkey's full entrance into the EU,'' said Monti after meeting with Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Rome. ''Our hope is that the negotiations over admission will go forth with renewed vigor''. Monti said that the country could set a good example for Europe, which ''has reached a level of institutional perfection and strong integration'' but at the same time is ''demographically aging, tired and not full of energy and economic enthusiasm''. ''Turkey can set an important example,'' Monti said, adding that the addition of the country would have an ''added economic, strategic and cultural value'' for all of the EU. (ANSAmed).

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