Will EU-Turkey economic ties withstand political turbulences?

The call for snap elections in Turkey on the 24th of June has put the spotlight on a country that has been setting the international agenda for months

PERFORMED ACTIVITY
22 May 2018 - 11:30h
LOCATION: Foment del Treball. Via Laietana, 32, 08003 Barcelona
ORGANIZED BY: CIDOB and Foment del Treball with the support of the The German Marshall Fund

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Objective

Turkey has been growing at an average rate of 7% per year in the last decade and, currently, is the fifth market for European Union exports and the sixth largest supplier of imports. In terms of trade relations with Catalonia, Turkey is the third country outside the EU that receives the most Catalan exports and the fourth market outside the EU for Spanish exports, only behind the United States, China and Morocco. 

The call for snap elections comes at a time of instability and political tension in which Turkey-EU relations have suffered several crises. Will the Turkish economy and its ties with the EU withstand the aftermath of these new elections? Are they immune to what happens in the political sphere either in Ankara or the European capitals? Which kind of message does it send to worldwide investors?  

CIDOB, Foment del Treball and the German Marshall Fund* will bring together representatives of the economic sector and people interested in Turkey to discuss the political scenarios that may arise in the coming months and the risks and opportunities of an emerging economy.

Speakers:

Laura Batalla, Secretary General, European Parliament Turkey Forum

Joan Canals, President, International Commission, Foment del Treball; President, Committee for Mediterranean Countries, CEOE

Eduard Soler, Senior Research Fellow, CIDOB

Kadri Tastan, TOBB Senior Fellow, German Marshall Fund

Sinan Ulgen, Chairman, EDAM; Visiting Scholar, Carnegie Europe 

*This roundtable discussion is part of a series of events and analyses organized as part of the GMF-TOBB Fellowship on Turkey, Europe, and Global Issues, launched by GMF in partnership with the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB).

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Will EU-Turkey economic ties withstand political turbulences? PERFORMED ACTIVITY

11:30h Registration and Coffee

12:00h Welcome Remarks and Introduction

Joan Canals, President, International Commission, Foment del Treball; President, Committee for Mediterranean Countries, CEOE

12:10h Will EU-Turkey economic ties withstand political turbulences?

Chair:   Joan Canals, President, International Commission, Foment del Treball; President, Committee for Mediterranean Countries, CEOE

Sinan Ulgen, Chairman, EDAM; Visiting Scholar, Carnegie Europe 

Kadri Tastan, TOBB Senior Fellow, German Marshall Fund

Eduard Soler, Senior Research Fellow, CIDOB

Laura Batalla, Secretary General, European Parliament Turkey Forum

13:00h Debate with the audience

13:50h Final remarks and closure