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Turkey’s main contributions to the European Union

Discussion in 'Talk about Turkey' started by elturco, Oct 5, 2004.

  1. elturco

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    Economy:
    - Turkey will greatly contribute to the EU’s economic power on the global scene.
    - With a population of 69 million, a GDP level of 445 billion euros (PPP), an export oriented economy and rapidly developing information society,
    - Turkey’s accession will increase the size and competitiveness of the European internal market

    Growth:
    - Growth in Turkey will have a positive effect on the EU economy.
    - Turkey’s young, dynamic and entrepreneurial population and economy are large enough to generate growth both in Turkey and in an enlarged EU.

    Consumers:
    - Turkey’s large economy and potentials will be beneficial to European consumers.
    - Elimination of technical and non-technical barriers to trade and adoption by Turkey of the EU legislation and standards are increasing the competitivity and the product quality in an enlarged Union.

    Business:
    - In addition to the existing customs union in industrial goods, liberalisation of services and public procurement markets will provide invaluable opportunities for European companies.
    - With a services sector constituting 65% of its GDP and a public procurement market of over 30 billion euros,
    - Turkey offers high potentials for European companies in development projects.

    Investment:
    - After accession, European companies will benefit from higher rates of return on their foreign direct investment in Turkey.
    - Given the country’s qualified labour force, high absorption capacity, tourism potentials and its location at the crossroads of Eurasian markets and energy networks,
    - EU membership will boost the economy by attracting even more investments

    Global politics:
    - Turkey’s membership will be an invaluable asset for the EU in its global aspirations.
    - Turkey’s geographical position, relations with the neighbouring countries and connection to the Balkans, Russia, Middle East and the Central Asia will endow the EU with greater influence in the international arena.

    Multiculturalism:
    - Turkey’s membership will strengthen the EU’s multicultural society.
    - It will be a solid confirmation refuting ‘clash of civilisations’ scenario and proving the universal essence of the EU, namely a union built upon and through common values.

    Stability:
    - Improvements in the Greco-Turkish relations resulting from Turkey’s membership will provide further stability in the Aegean region and the Balkans.
    - Greater stability and cooperation in the region have countless potentials for trade, energy, transport and environment projects.

    Peace:
    - Turkey’s membership will promote and defend common European interests.
    - As an EU member, Turkey will contribute further to democracy, peace and stability, as well as economic development, in the Mediterranean region, Balkans, Caucasus and Middle East.

    Security:
    - As a reliable NATO ally, Turkey’s membership will consolidate both the military and the civilian aspects of the Common Foreign and Security Policy.
    - A European Union including Turkey will be more efficient in tackling political problems and crises among which threats from undemocratic regimes, terrorism, illegal immigration and trafficking in drugs, arms, human beings…
     

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