This week will feature important meetings and developments in regards to already problematic Turkey-European Union relations. On March 13, the European Parliament is expected to vote on a report that calls on the European Commission and member states to formally suspend accession negotiations with Turkey, citing a serious deterioration in the state of human rights, freedoms, and rule of law in the country. It will not be a surprise to see that an overwhelming majority of European parliamentarians will endorse the call. Although non-binding, the European Parliament’s vote will display a very important symbolism with regard to Turkey’s troubled journey to the EU. It was the same European Parliament which had voted in favor of the launch of full membership talks with Turkey in late 2004. For that reason alone, this vote should be analyzed from different perspectives that include Turkey’s distancing from the Copenhagen criteria and the effect of the use of double … [Read more...] about A difficult week for EU-Turkey ties
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Turkey and the European Union celebrated the 24th anniversary of the customs union inked between the two parties on March 6, 1995. The customs union entered into force on Jan. 1, 1996 in accordance with the Association Council's decision on March 6, 1995 following negotiations between Turkey and the EU. Relations between Turkey and the European Economic Community (EEC), which started with the Ankara Agreement signed in 1963 and continued with the Additional Protocol in 1973, gained a new dimension upon the signing of the customs union in 1995. With the completion of the customs union, customs duties, quantity restrictions and equivalent measures were abolished in the trade of industrial products between Turkey and the EU, while the country started to implement the EU's common tariff against third countries. Common rules on import and export, the management of quotas, protection against dumped or subsidized imports, autonomous regulations on textile imports, and inward and outward … [Read more...] about Need to modernize customs union lingers 24 years on
UK By Reality Check BBC News 22 January 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-46891257 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Related TopicsReality Check Claim: Labour is proposing a new permanent customs union with the European Union (EU) … [Read more...] about What is Labour’s customs union policy?
Angela Merkel’s fears that the British economy could gain a competitive advantage through even a temporary EU-UK customs union after Brexit have emerged as a major obstacle to progress on the Irish border issue. The German chancellor has been a major force behind the scenes in arguing such a deal cannot be nodded through in the withdrawal agreement; rather, there will need to be hard negotiations in the 21-month transition period once the UK has left the EU. The EU and the UK have found themselves at an impasse over the Irish border. Brussels is insisting the withdrawal agreement contains an “all-weather” solution for avoiding a hard border, in which Northern Ireland alone stays in the single market and customs union. Theresa May has said no British prime minister could accept such an outcome. The UK government is pushing for the EU’s backstop proposal be replaced in the agreement by a temporary UK-wide customs union, insisting it cannot allow Northern Ireland … [Read more...] about Angela Merkel’s UK-EU customs union fears ‘a barrier to Brexit deal’
BERLIN - Anadolu Agency Turkey and Germany on Sept. 21 pledged to forge closer economic and strategic ties following a high-level meeting of their finance, economy and energy ministers in Berlin. Turkish Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak said the two countries shared the same positions on many global political and economic issues, and their differences on a number of issues were not an obstacle for a closer relationship. “We have entered a new period in our bilateral relations. We want to further enhance our ties by adopting a sincere and constructive approach, by taking strategic steps” he said. “I firmly believe that in the coming days, Turkey and Germany will take stronger steps towards strategic cooperation,” he stressed. Albayrak made the remarks at a joint news conference with German Vice Chancellor and Finance Minister Olaf Scholz and Economy and Energy Minister Peter Altmaier following their meeting in Berlin. Turkey’s Trade … [Read more...] about Turkey, Germany vow to boost economic ties