The existing European Union would benefit from a closer relationship with Turkey on a range of matters, from energy corridors to non-proliferation.
As in 2002, at the very beginning of discussions concerning accession, the current Turkish government sees EU accession talks as a political priority and an important means of helping to leverage reform and modernisation. It continues to seek an active place in the future of the European Union.
There have been significant achievements since the beginning of accession negotiations, notably the elimination of the death penalty and breakthroughs in policy related to Cyprus.
If the process continues for the next ten years current EU members may well feel more comfortable about Turkey’s accession. Whether or not accession occurs, the negotiating process will have been useful as a means of promoting economic, political and social progress, and improving links between Turkey and the EU.
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- His Excellency Sir Peter Westmacott, KCMG, LVO, The British Ambassador to France
- Rt Hon Joan Ryan MP, Member of Parliament for Enfield North and founding member of the Labour Friends of Turkey
- His Excellency Mr Fakhraddin Gurbanov, The Ambassador of Azerbaijan to the UK
- His Excellency Mr Giorgi Badridze, The Ambassador of Georgia to the UK
- His Excellency Dr Sami Khiyami, The Ambassador of Syria to the UK
- Erdem Mutaf, First Counsellor, Turkish Embassy in London
- Adnan Azak, Chair, Axis Educational Trust
- Gideon Dewhirst, Deputy Head of Turkey Team, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
- Joachim Düster, Counsellor, (PA), Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
- Professor Gulnur Muradoglu, Professor of Finance, Cass Business School, City University
- Dr Damla Aras, Research Associate at the War Studies, King’s College London
- Dr George Dedes, Lecturer at the Near and Middle East Department, SOAS
- Dr Leila Simona Talani, Lecturer in European Studies, King’s College London
- Dr Turhan Ozen, Chair of the Liberal Democrat Friends of Turkey
- Mehmet Ugur Ekinci, PhD Candidate at the Department of Politics, SOAS
- Shenaz Bunglawala, PhD candidate at the Department of Government at LSE and founding member of the Conservative Friends of Turkey
- Cllr Dr Harvey Marshall, Chairman of the Turkish British Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Councillor for the City of Westminster
- Katherine Butler, Foreign Editor, The Independent
- William Horsley, UK Chairman, Association of European Journalists
- Sara Karnas, Communications Administrator, Chatham House
- Serkan Kurt, General Secretary, Business Network
- Ozcan Keles, Excetuvie Director, Dialogue Society
- Ilknur Kahraman, Co-director, Dialogue Society
- Dr Cem Erbil, Academic Coordinator, Dialogue Society
- Frances Sleap, Intern, Dialogue Society