International Conference on EU in Istanbul

Assembly of Armenians of Europe
Rue de Treves 10, 1050 Brussels
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“Turkey and its prospects for accession to the european union”

On March 23-26 a conference titled “Turkey and its prospects for accession
to the European Union” is to be held in Istanbul on a joint initiative of UK
Foreign Office, Wilton Park Conference Center (UK) and Turkish Ministry of
Foreign Affairs.

The objective of the conference, which brings together Representatives of
the EU institutions, European Ambassadors in Turkey, Turkish diplomats and
researchers, is to discuss different aspects related to the Turkish apply
for EU membership.

The main discussion concerns the following topics:

Does Turkey fulfill Copenhagen criteria to join the EU? (M. Emmerson, CEPS)

What is already achieved (Volkan Bozkir, Turkish ministry of foreign
affairs) what still should be done? (Ari Oostlander, MEP)

How can human rights and civil society be strengthened? (Anne Dismor,
Swedish Ambassador in Turkey)

What would be the consequences of Turkish membership for both EU and Turkey
in social, cultural and economic terms? (Serif Mardin, Kemal Kersci, Per
Brekk, Omer Aras)

The geopolitical aspect is largely discussed in two directions: 1. the
implication of the Turkish membership on Turkey’s and EU’s roles in the
Caucasus and the Middel East (Ali Karasoglu, Gareth Winrow) and 2. its
implication on the EU security.

The main concerns of Turkish public opinion regarding Turkey’s membership
are also presented by Ali Carkoglu.

The panel discussion will be launched on acceptance of Turkey’s membership
by the the European public opinion. Anna Palacio (Foreign Minister, Madrid),
Annemie Neyts (Minister of State, Belgium), Pierre Lequiller (Paliament
member, France), Dr. Christoph Jessen (Federal Foreign Office, Berlin) are
invited to this session.

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