Special Session 10: Functioning of the Customs Union between Turkey and the EU

Diverse Regions: Building Resilient Communities and Territories - Izmir, Turkey

Session Organisers:
Yaprak Gulcan (yaprak.gulcan@deu.edu.tr) Dokuz Eylül University, Turkey
Jan Orbie from University of Gent, Belgium

The European Union (EU) and Turkey established a customs union (CU) in 1995. This is a far-reaching economic relationship providing for a common external border between the EU and Turkey. After the refusal of 1987 membership application of Turkey, CU seemed to be the only alternative left for pursuing relations. In fact, existing research suggests that it was even feared that without the CU, a strong anti-European sentiment could win the upper hand in Turkey. The intense lobbying campaign of the Turkish government, with some support of the United States’ diplomats in Community circles, resulted in the EP’s assent for the implementation of the CU, the commencement date being in line with the timetable of the Ankara Agreement and the Additional Protocol.

Recently, to complement Lisbon agenda by introducing an external dimension, EU introduced Global Europe Strategy and  began to conclude a series of free trade agreements with third countries such as South Korea, Colombia/Peru, the Cariforum group and Singapore, with several negotiations under way with many more countries such as India, Canada, Japan, and even the United States. These agreements have the potential to include varying amounts of deep integration; deals that go further than the coverage of Turkey’s CU.

The contribution of this special session  is to fill in the gap in the literature in terms of economic, legal and political implications of the EU’s new trade policies on the CU of Turkey with the EU.

The main research questions are;

How can the EU-Turkey CU in its current form be explained?
How has the new context of EU trade policy impacted on the functioning of the EU-Turkey CU?
How does the new generation of free trade agreements impact the EU-Turkey Customs Union?

This special session is part of a TUBITAK-FWO Joint Research Cooperation, Project No:113K013 “The EU’s Expanding Trade Policy Agenda challenging EU-Turkey Customs Union, EUTRACU.

Submission Guidelines

Anyone interested in participating in the session should register for the conference before April 6th 2014 by clicking here. Please ensure that your abstracts are no longer than 800 words, text only. If you have any questions regarding this special session, please contact the session organisers on the email addresses provided. 

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