With the signing of the accession partnership at the Nice Summit on 7 December 2000 the approximation process between Turkey and the EU reached a new phase. Turkey and its status is an important issue for many members of the European Parliament (EP). It should be kept in mind that the EP is an important forum in the debate of Turkey’s membership to the EU. Yet there are diverging views among the members of the EP on Turkey’s membership. The conservatives are rather sceptical of the prospect of Turkish accession. The Convention is a great opportunity for Turkey for contributing to the discussions in a constructive manner and to enrich the discourse. Please click here to read the text in full.