Turkey’s EU Accession Process

16 February 2012. From 18:00 | Workshop | IEMed, Barcelona

The signing in 1963 of the Treaty of Ankara initiated the process of association – of accession since 1999 – of Turkey to the European Communities, the longest and most difficult to date. Forty-eight years later, a transforming Turkey emerges as a regional power. The weight of Turkish diplomacy is growing in the conflict in the Middle East, its influence is increasing in the Balkans and following the uprisings of the Arab Spring Turkey is postulated as a possible model for some Mediterranean partner countries. An exponential increase in the Turkish presence in Mediterranean affairs that reconfigures its role in issues that directly affect relations with the European Union, especially before the upcoming Cypriot presidency of the European Council during the second half of 2012. The conference reviews five decades of privileged relations and assesses the effects that Turkey’s progressive specific weight will have on its EU accession process.

Atila Eralp has been director of the Center for European Studies at Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara since 1997 and since December 2011 a member of the Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV). In 2002 he obtained the Jean Monnet Chair in European Integration. PhD in International Relations from the University of Southern California, his areas of research are the theory of International Relations, European Foreign and Security Policy, the processes of integration and enlargement of the European Union and the Euro-Turkish relations.


Andreu Bassols

Andreu Bassols

General Director IEMed

Atila Eralp

Director Center for European Studies – Ankara



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