Foreign Relations and the EU working gr

YASED has been working to support the efficient communication of Turkey wIth all global markets, wIth particular emphasis on the EU and the improvements in the business and investment environments, to bring these in lIne wIth the best practices on an international level. These efforts have been kicked up a notch in 2015 with the reorganization of the Foreign Relations and the European Union Working Group.

Built on the foundations of improving the investment environment in Turkey and achieving and maintaining an efficient, predictable and competitive investment environment in compliance with the free market and competition rules, YASED Foreign Relations and the EU Working Group closely and systematically followed several matters such as EU, TTIP, WTO, G20, B20 and Brexit processes to date. The Group has transmitted its views, developed in close cooperation with member corporations, on the relevant platforms by working with international institutions and bodies. Accordingly, an opinion is formed on Turkey Progress Report prepared annually by the European Commission.

In this context, multiple meetings were held with officials from the Ministry of Trade to discuss matters related with the Customs Union modernization and Brexit process; we also participated in meetings for briefing NGOs on the current status analysis and future projections on these issues that are held by the Ministry’s General Directorate of the EU and Foreign Affairs.

YASED took a role in the delegation visits chaired by Assoc. Dr. Hatice Karahan, former Chief Advisor of the President of the Republic of Turkey, and currently the Member of the Presidential Council of Economic Policies, and had meetings in Brussels on November 6-8, 2017 and February 8-9, 2018. In the meetings, it was shared the approach of international corporations operating in Turkey, relating to membership to the EU, to representatives from the EU and Turkey.

On September 6, 2018, YASED members held a meeting with high-rank officers from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy of the United Kingdom who visited Turkey. In the meeting, discussions were conducted about problems that may be encountered and projections made by the international investors, particularly from the automotive, white goods, chemicals and machinery sectors, during bilateral trade relations between Turkey and the United Kingdom in the course of the Brexit.

Finally, YASED attended the Consultation Meeting between the German Federal Ministry of Economy and Energy, and German Investors held on October 26, 2018 within the scope of the Turkey visit of Peter Altmaier, German Minister of Economic Affairs and Energy, and his team, and a comprehensive evaluation was made about the business and investment environment in Turkey.

Plans are made to hold another meeting with highrank officials from the Ministry of Trade of Turkey and the European Union’s Turkey Delegation in the future. In addition, we will continue with the consultation meetings on problems encountered with each country by holding meetings between various diplomats particularly including Ambassadors of the EU-member states in Ankara, and YASED members.


Aareal Bank, Acwa Güç, Akenerji, Aksigorta, Amgen İlaç, APM Terminalleri, Apple, Arvato, Avon, Boeing, Bosch, British American Tobacco, Cengiz Makina, Clariant, Coface, Credit Suisse İstanbul Menkul Değerler, Deloitte, Denizbank, Dentons Europe, DHL Lojistik,  DHL Worldwide, DOW, DP World, Edenred, Enercon Rüzgar, EWE, EY, Ford Otosan, Fresenius Medikal, General Elektrik, Georg Fischer Hakan Plastik, HSBC Bank, Knauf, Koç Holding, KPMG, Lilly İlaç, Lifung, Magrabi, Mars Sinema, Medtronic, Merck Sharp Dohme (MSD), Metro, Microsoft, Nazalı (Andersen Tax & Legal), Nestlé, Nike, Nivea, Novartis, Oyak Renault, Pepsico (Fritolay), Petrol Ofisi, Philip Morris, Procter&Gamble, Puratos Gıda, PwC, Roche, Rubis Terminal Petrol, Samsung, Sandvik, Sanofi, SGS Supervise, Shell Türkiye, Sicpa, Siemens Healthcare, Siemens Sanayi, Statkraft Enerji, Tofaş, Tosyalı Toyo, Toyota, Türk Philips, Türk Telekom, Türkiye Finans, UPS, Vodafone, White&Case, Yapı Kredi Bankası’nı temsil eden üyelerden oluşmaktadır.

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With contributions of Vodafone