Sun. Dec 10th, 2023



EU Commission and the HR present a strategic and forward-looking report on EU-Türkiye relations

The Joint Communication builds on and updates the Joint Communication submitted by the Commission and the High Representative to the European Council in March 2021. It outlines the state of play of EU-Türkiye relations in key areas and sets out recommendations, aiming to advance relations in a strategic and forward-looking manner, in the current fast-changing, geopolitical and security environment.

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Türkiye: IMF staff concludes visit and publishes data

As monetary policy tightens and the overall policy stance becomes less accommodative, growth is projected to slow from 4 percent in 2023 to 3¼ percent in 2024, and the current account deficit to narrow to about 3 percent of GDP in 2024. Sequential inflation should also fall in 2024 and is projected at 46 percent year-on-year by December. These projections reflect recent developments and policy actions, and discussions during the

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Agriculture: EU Commission approves ‘Milas Yağlı Zeytini’ from Türkiye as new PDO 

‘Milas Yağlı Zeytini’ protected designation of origin covers table olives of the Memecik variety grown in Milas province, fermented in brine and preserved with olive oil obtained from Memecik variety olives and fresh lemon slices. ‘Milas Yağlı Zeytini’ olives are fully ripened, black/purple coloured, whole and split vertically. The specificity of the product is closely linked to the climatic conditions of the region and to the local knowhow. The production

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EU-Türkiye relations: Remarks by EU Commissioner Várhelyi with Hakan Fidan, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Türkiye

“After the elections major opportunity have emerged so I was quick to come to see how we could live up to our friendship, our alliance, and our partnership that we have with Türkiye, and this is why it is so important that with the new government in place in Ankara we can bring the EU-Türkiye relations forward. Because we have a strong political and economic commitment be at the people-to-people

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EU Commission opens Digital Europe Programme to Türkiye

The European Commission signed an association agreement for the Digital Europe Programme with Türkiye. Following the signatures, and upon the completion of the related ratification processes, the association agreement will enter into force. Businesses, public administrations and other eligible organisations in Türkiye will be able to access the calls of the Digital Europe Programme, a programme with an overall budget of €7.5 billion in the 2021-2027 period. 

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UK and Türkiye strengthen partnership to help tackle illegal migration

UK and Turkish law enforcement officers will step up joint operations to tackle organised immigration crime and disrupt the supply chain of boat parts and other materials used as part of illegal migration journeys. The move follows Immigration Minister Robert Jenrick’s visit to Türkiye last month, the latest in a number of strategically important international visits to strengthen cooperation on the challenge of tackling illegal migration and disrupting the routes

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Grain supply: Vladimir Putin held phone call with Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Vladimir Putin outlined Russia’s position of principle in connection with the termination of the ”package“ agreements on the export of Ukrainian grain from the Black Sea ports and the unblocking of supplies of Russian food and fertilisers. He noted that in the context of a complete lack of progress in the implementation of the Russian part of the “grain deal,” its further extension was meaningless. He reaffirmed readiness to return to the Istanbul agreements as soon as the West fulfilled all the obligations to Russia set out in them.

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EU and Türkiye: MEPs call for alternative ways of cooperation

MEPs urge the Turkish government, the European Union and its member states to break the current deadlock and move towards a closer partnership. They recommend starting a reflection process to find a parallel and realistic framework for EU-Türkiye relations and call on the Commission to explore possible new formats for a mutually appealing framework.

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NATO: Deputy SG addresses Space Fest in Romania

Speaking at the Space FEST conference in Bucharest on Monday, Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoana said that “competition in space is fierce and is becoming fiercer” and that “this has implications for our economy, but also for our security”.

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