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Turkish participation in Socrates programme to go ahead

The European Parliament's Committee on Culture, Youth, Education, the Media and Sport announced that Turkey should be able to take part in the EU's Socrates and Youth for Europe programmes following a meeting on 12 October 1999.

A draft recommendation has now been prepared by...
The European Parliament's Committee on Culture, Youth, Education, the Media and Sport announced that Turkey should be able to take part in the EU's Socrates and Youth for Europe programmes following a meeting on 12 October 1999.

A draft recommendation has now been prepared by chairman Giuseppe Gargani for the second reading on the Council's common positions, which will be debated in the Parliament on 27 October 1999.

The initial Commission proposal to include Turkey in the aforementioned programmes dates back to May 1996. It aims at establishing closer links between Turkish and EU students and fostering democracy and respect for human rights in Turkey.

The first reading took place in February 1999 when Parliament approved the Commission's proposal subject to some amendments. In July 1999 both Council and Commission accepted most of these amendments, and the Committee is now prepared to accept the common position, which will allow Turkish participation to start shortly if the full parliament follows its advice.

This development will enable the preparatory measures for the implementation of the next programmes, which will undoubtedly require long negotiation, to start in the last quarter of 1999. The Socrates II programme (due to run from 2000 to 2006) is at present subject to conciliation between Council and Parliament.

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