Bosphorus Conference 2 After the Start of Negotiations
TESEV Foreign Policy Program, in partnership with The British Council and Centre for European Reform (CER), Istanbul
For the Bosphorus Conference, TESEV were co-hosted with the British Council and Centre for European Reform. It looked in depth at some of the issues that will be of great significance during Turkey's accession negotiations to the European Union. This high-level, invitation-only conference was held in Istanbul on 14 and 15 October 2005. The event followed the earlier year's highly acclaimed conference, which brought together Ali Babacan, Adam Ingram, Lord Wallace, Lord Hannay, Kemal Derviş, Pavel Telicka, Murat Mercan, Dominique Mosi, Joachim Bitterlich, Joost Lagendijk MEP and many others to discuss the politics of Turkish accession.
The goal of the conference was to provide an opportunity for creative and productive discussion about the issues that will be of great importance in Turkey's accession period. Approximately 40 policy-makers, academics, civil society representatives, businesspeople and journalists from Turkey, Britain and other European countrie came together in this closed meeting and shared ideas and suggestions regarding possible questions that are expected to arise during the negotiations. The conference looked at challenging issues such as "Turkey and the EU's common foreign and security policy", "The economic impact of Turkey's EU accession" and "The accession negotiations: ideas for a constructive dialogue".
Please click here to download the conference report.