Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is scheduled to go to Brussels on Sunday to discuss Turkey's European Union accession process.
This trip, upon an invitation from European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, will be Erdoğan's first visit to Brussels since 2004.
Expected to stay in the Belgian capital until Jan. 20, Erdoğan will likely also meet with European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana, European Parliament President Hans Gert Poettering and other officials from the European Parliament. In addition to the Turkish EU accession process, they will discuss regional and international issues.
On Jan. 19 Erdoğan is planned to speak at think tanks such as the Center for European Politics and Friends of Europe. He will also visit the İstanbul Center in Brussels. He is expected to meet with Turkish citizens living in Brussels and representatives of Turkish associations.
Barroso visited Turkey last year from April 10 to 12 and encouraged the Turkish government to make further reforms to reach full European Union membership, describing it as a common goal for both Brussels and Ankara.