"Turkey postpones key penal code reform but vows commitment to EUDocument Actions 31/03/2005
Turkey on Thursday postponed the application of a penal code crucial to its aspirations to join the European Union just one day before it was due to take effect. However Ankara assured Brussels that the move is purely technical and does not signify a deviation from the democratic reform it is expected to make before it joins the bloc. The government rushed through parliament a bill postponing the introduction of the code by two months to June 1, bowing to criticism that the bulky legislation contains technical flaws that would create serious judicial problems on the ground. The code, adopted six months ago amid much fanfare and praise, was a key condition that Ankara fulfilled to win a date for accession talks with the European Union at a summit in Brussels in December. "
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