Turkey & Med

Turkey & Med

Commission: Member states need to meet two Turkish demands to secure customs union deal

On Friday (03 February 2017) member states discussed EU plans to modernise its economic relationships with Turkey. In December, the Commission requested a negotiating mandate from the member states to modernise the more than 20-year-old customs union that binds the two neighbours. The move, though less controversial in principle than EU accession …

Turkey & Med

EU Turkey customs union: agriculture and coup aftermath in trade committee limelight

The trade committee of the European Parliament discussed current plans to launch negotiations with Turkey to modernise the existing two-decade old customs union between the EU and its big southern neighbour: the process faces challenges, both political and related to bread-and-butter market access issues.   The Commission hopes to table …