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 …

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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 …

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Will the European Parliament’s Turkey accession vote jeopardise the customs union update?

The European Parliament has made sure there is even more bad blood in the EU-Turkey relationship than already is. On Thursday (24 November 2016), 77 percent of MEPs called to a halt to recently re-initiated EU membership accession negotiations as part of a non binding resolution.   The accession talks, initiated in 2005, but …

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CJEU: Advocate General slams 2015 Morocco trade agreement ruling

The EU Council has increased its chances to win an appeal against a ruling by the General Court in December 2015 that invalidated a 2012 EU trade agreement with Morocco because it purportedly did not take into account human rights considerations in the territory of Western Sahara.   The Advocate General’s opinion released today …