Speaking to state-run Anadolu Agency, Ambassador Christian Berger hailed the significance of celebrating the day in Turkey, which remains a candidate for membership of the bloc.
“Turkey is very close to the EU, there have been lots of statements made from both sides, sometimes harsh ones last year that have now disappeared,” Berger said.
“I think the relationship is back onto engagement,” he added, stressing that EU-Turkish ties are showing “great improvement.”
To date the EU has transferred two-thirds of the first phase of half of the full sum promised, he said.
A second phase meeting to fund the rest of the budget will be held with Turkish officials next week in Ankara, Berger added.
Europe Day is an annual celebration held on May 9 that celebrates peace and unity in Europe, according to the EU.
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