EU revives membership talks with Turkey after three-year hiatus
he hoped it would mark a new beginning in stalled relations between Ankara and the bloc.
"We hope Turkey's relations with the EU will become more orderly and we will experience a period where illogical, unnecessary and meaningless political obstacles are removed," he said at a lunch for the EU's outgoing ambassador to Turkey.
Bagis called for the opening of two chapters concerning human rights, freedom of expression and the judiciary, saying the majority of criticism directed towards Turkey in the progress report concerned these areas.
Erdogan, who has bristled at foreign criticism of his handling of the summer unrest and has frequently attacked the EU's attitude towards Turkey, mocked the bloc on Tuesday.
"Is the EU's only preoccupation preparing progress reports on Turkey?" he said in a speech to deputies from his ruling AK Party in parliament.
"The EU is extremely generous in criticizing candidate countries and we are waiting for it to make some self-criticism and write its own progress report."
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan waves as he leaves a news conference in Ankara September 30, 2013.