Bulgaria puts price on Turkey's EU membership

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  1. A.V.

    A.V. New Member

    Feb 16, 2009
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    EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - Bulgaria is threatening to block Turkey's application to join the European Union unless it pays out billions of euros in compensation for displaced people, in a case dating back to the days of the Ottoman Empire.
    A Bulgarian cabinet minister without portfolio who runs the country's Agency for Bulgarians Abroad, Bojidar Dimitrov, pressed the claim in remarks to the Bulgarian newspaper, 24 Hours, on Sunday (3 January).
    "Turkey is surely able to pay this sum, after all, it's the 16th largest economic power in the world," he said, putting a sum of $20 billion (€14 billion) on the settlement. "One of the three conditions of Turkey's full membership of the EU is solving the problem of the real estate of Thracian refugees."
    The Ottoman Empire in 1913 expelled hundreds of thousands of ethnic Bulgarians from lands lying on the western side of the Bosphorus. It became the Republic of Turkey in 1923 and recognised the rights of the displaced people in a 1925 treaty, but the agreement was never implemented, Bulgaria says.
    An official in the Bulgarian government's press office, Veselin Ninov, told EUobserver on Monday that Mr Dimitrov's statement reflects government policy and that the dispute is being handled by a Bulgarian-Turkish intergovernmental working group.
    Mr Ninov mentioned a different sum, however.
    "This is a matter of official government policy. There is a contract between the two parties, dated 1925. This is an official contract, so, according to the contracting parties, the Turkish government has to repay $10 billion to $12 billion (€8 billion) to the Bulgarian refugees," he said.

    Mr Ninov described the issue as being "more historical than political."
    But when asked if Bulgaria is ready to veto progress in EU-Turkey negotiations because of the dispute, he said: "There is such an option. But this is just one of many other conditions of Bulgarian support for Turkish membership. There are also issues relating to energy and water management projects."
    Bulgarian prime minister Boyko Borissov is set to raise the compensation question during a visit to Turkey in January or February, Mr Ninov added.
    Turkey began EU accession talks in 2005 and has so far opened 12 out of 35 negotiating chapters.
    Its military occupation of northern Cyprus, an EU member, has so far proved the main stumbling block to progress. But the EU commission is also concerned about Turkey's respect for human rights, while Germany and France are opposed to Turkish EU entry on broader political grounds.
    The issue of historically displaced people has become increasingly disruptive since the EU's 2004 wave of enlargement.
    In a recent example, Czech president Vaclav Klaus last year tried to block ratification of the Lisbon Treaty unless the EU inserted a special clause ruling out compensation for Germans expelled from Czechoslovakia after World War II.

    EUobserver / Bulgaria puts price on Turkey's EU membership
  3. jakojako777

    jakojako777 Senior Member Senior Member

    Oct 27, 2009
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    Bulgaria is threatening to block Turkey's application to join the European Union

    If there is rating list in EU Bulgaria would be last country on that list.
    They even had refused EU help fond for undeveloped regions of EU be cause of the corruption in the country...
    Turkey is directly pushed by USA in EU and also by all greedy banks & investors who invested there with only objective to have advantage of their investment by entering Turkey in EU after that.
    They don't think about EU demographic balance that will irrevocably be destroyed by letting Turks in.
    For USA it is even in their interest to create perpetual problems for EU to keep it under control.
    I'll just underline that position of Bulgaria is not important at all.
    Only country that really counts is Germany. They can put real veto on Turkey and nobody will be able to enter Turkey in EU after that.
    Others also like France, UK, Italy & Spain are also important but not as important as Germany....
    Some lobbies can use Bulgarians as glows to do dirty job of blocking Turks for them.
    So that they can stay behind curtain, but that is another story.

    Importance of Bulgarians themselves is just hot wind ! :stinker:

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