TURKEY-PRESS SCAN (2).
NEW AGENCY IN COUNTER-TERRORISM
The interior minister announced a new agency would be established in order to coordinate efforts in the fight against terrorism. "Undersecretary for Public Order and Security" would not have an operational function but it would lead other counter-terror units to the target. The new agency would have broad powers and authority and it would be able to ask for any information and document from the General Staff, the Foreign Ministry, the National Intelligence Agency, the Gendarmerie and the police department.
SIGNALS OF RECOVERY IN ECONOMY
After a number of signals of recovery in Turkey's industrial production, capacity utilization rate has made a peak for the first time in six months, raising hopes that the bottom of the crisis has been reached and the economy began to climb uphill. Capacity utilization rate was at its historic lowest in February with 63.8 percent. April's figure came out more promising with 66.8 percent, the highest level in six months.
GOVERNMENT TO SET UP NEW COORDINATION BODY FOR COUNTER-TERRORISM
The government presented a bill to parliament on creation of a new agency to coordinate efforts in the fight against terrorism. "The Undersecretariat for Public Order and Security" would devise policies and strategies in counter-terrorism. Interior Minister Besir Atalay said the undersecretariat would be the coordinating body between different units fighting against terrorism.
SARKOZY, MERKEL EYE ELECTION REWARD IN OPPOSITION TO TURKEY'S EU ACCESSION
Hakki Keskin, a Turkish-descent member of the German parliament, said the latest statements by French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel who opposed to letting Turkey in the European Union were part of the their strategies for upcoming elections in the European Parliament and the German Federal Parliament. "The EU needs Turkey more than Turkey needs the EU," Keskin said.
BACK TO KURDISH NAMES
The government keeps on giving messages of its move on Kurdish issue. Interior Minister Besir Atalay commented on giving Kurdish names to villages. "We do not have such a thing on our agenda now. However, if there are local requests, why not?," Atalay said.
SG FOR EU AFFAIRS TO BE MORE ACTIVE
Turkey's Secretariat General for EU Affairs will renew its organizational structure. New units will be formed within the institution in an effort to ensure coordination and get public support for negotiations with EU.
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