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TURKEY-EU -President of European Commission says Turkey will bring in a significant added value.

BRUSSELS, May 19, 2011 (TUR) -- President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso said that Turkey would not be a burden to the European Union, adding that on the contrary Turkey would bring in a significant added value.

Barroso said at the European Business Summit that the European Commission extended full support to Turkey's membership to the European Union, drawing attention to some difficulties stemming from several member states.

Some European Union-member states are not ready to accept Turkey as a full member at this point, he said and noted that he was aware of Turkey's disappointment with it.

The president of the European Commission said that the European Union was a democratic structure and it had to take into consideration all its members.

I believe that Turkish economy will bring in an added value to the European Union. Turkey will not be a burden to the Union, on the contrary, it will bring in significant added value with its young population and current dynamism, Barroso added.

European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Stefan Fule said at a session on Turkey-European Union relations that their annual trade volume with Turkey exceeded 100 billion euro, and Turkey received two third of its direct foreign investments from the European Union-member states.

All those proved that Turkey has become a country making key contributions to the European Union's global competition power, he said.

He added that all European Union consulates in Turkey were expected to apply a simplified and harmonized visa regime as of July.

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