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Egemen Bagis, the Minister for European Union Affairs and Chief Negotiator of Turkey, regarding the secondment of Turkish officials at the European Commission. Kind regards, Basak Ilisulu Act. Director Ministry for EU Affairs Directorate of Civil Society, Communication and Culture T: +90 (312) 218 14 19 F: +90 (312) 218 13 75 E: firstname.lastname@example.org REPUBLIC OF TURKEY MINISTRY FOR EU AFFAIRS Ankara, 28 September 2011
“TURKISH EXPERTS WILL BE EMPLOYED AT THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION” Turkey has signed a key agreement with the EU that will broaden new horizons. A memorandum of understanding for the secondment of Turkish officials at the European Commission is signed in Strasbourg on the 28th of September, 2011 by the Minister for EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator Mr. Egemen BAĞIŞ and Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of Inter Institutional Relations and Administration Mr. Maroš ŠEFČOVIČ. As agreed between Turkey and the European Commission, Turkish national experts will be employed at the Commission as “Seconded National Experts” and “National Experts in Professional Training”. This recent development is a ‘milestone’ for Turkey-EU relations since through this secondment, Turkish bureaucrats will work together with the Euroaucrats in policy making and implementation of the EU politics. In other words, Turks will have a role in shaping EU's future politics and legislation. The network created in the corridors of the European Commission and other European institutions between Turkish bureaucrats and Eurocrats, will not only contribute to mutual learning and socialization, it will also remove misperceptions and misjudgments against Turkey’s membership in the minds and hearts of some Europeans.