THE EU-TURKEY CUSTOMS UNION AGREEMENT OVERSHADOWED BY REFUGEE NEGOTIATIONS





Since last autumn, Turkey and the European Union have been locked in tough negotiations focusing on refugees arriving from Middle Eastern and Central Asian countries. An important milestone has been passed in this matter with the summit that took place on March 18th-19th. While the issue, which closely concerns millions of refugees and has a very crucial humanitarian perspective was discussed at great length before the public, it overshadowed another important development in for Turkey-EU relations. This was the Agreement on the Customs Union, which after 20 years of compulsory implementation officially became the subject of change last year with a joint statement. In the Turkey-EU Summit Joint Declaration, this matter was only mentioned in one sentence, which read “Turkey and the EU express pleasure with the work currently underway to improve the Customs Union.” No further details were given. Clearly the matter had not received close attention.By Cahit UYANIKYou can read the rest of the article on our issue of April

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