Chapter 33 of Turkey's European Union accession process was opened Thursday in Brussels with EU Minister and Chief Negotiator Ömer Çelik, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and Finance Minister Naci Ağbal in attendance. Drawing attention to the long stagnation in Turkey-EU relations, Çelik stressed the importance of opening two EU accession chapters within the last six months. He said that Chapter 33 on Financial and Budgetary Provisions is directly related with full membership: "Opening this chapter up for discussion is the most solid indicator of Turkey's commitment to its objective of full membership." Çelik further said that Turkey's position will be strong in Europe regardless of Britain's exit from the EU.Finance Minister Naci Ağbal said that no difficulties are expected due to the opening of Chapter 33, as Turkey's organizational capacity is adequate. Underlining the efficient cooperation of the Finance Ministry, Ağbal said: "The Finance Ministry will keep on making progress in enhancing the alignment and application of the acquis in Chapter 33 as well as the other relevant chapters."
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