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Services: A Key Element in Upgrading the EU-Turkey Customs Union?


The Global Turkey in Europe (GTE) project established a platform to discuss and analyse the rapid transformation of Turkey in a European and global context. In its fifth year, GTE focuses on the multiple dimensions of EU–Turkey relations, ranging from economy, energy, conflicts and security to migration and the role of civil society. The first event of the fifth GTE programme, held in Paris on 15 December 2017, discussed the issue of economic partnership between the EU and Turkey, with a particular attention to the upgrading of the customs union and its possible economic and political effects on Brussels–Ankara relations.

Report of the seminar “Modernizing the Customs Union: A Key to Reinvigorate a Rules-Based EU-Turkey Relationship?”, organized in Paris on 15 December 2017 by the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS), the Istanbul Policy Center (IPC) and Stiftung Mercator within the framework of the project “Turkey, Europe and the World” (Global Turkey in Europe – GTE).

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