Europe-Turkey Forum (2008)
Sopot, Poland, 5-6th December 2008

 

Member states of the European Union are faced with a challenge of high importance. This is how to find the right balance of advantages and disadvantages, opportunities and threats of the future Turkish accession. Once Turkey meets all the political and economic criteria expected by the EU membership states, it will provide a valuable platform for communication between Europe and countries of Middle East, Asia and the Caucasus and a crucial element strengthening EU’s economy and its security systems. In this regard, sharing Turkey’s other gainings from its multidimensional foreign policy with EU has became even more important. Especially, Turkey’s Africa and Asia policy and experiences gained in this area is one of the important issue in terms of EU’s future. There are however unprecedented and essential questions that need to be adressed: Is Turkey with its cultural complexity truly interested in its accession to the EU and then capable of complying with all aspects of European integration? Moreover is the European Union ready for a dialogue with Turkey? Has the EU got the capacity of Turkey's full membership?

It is also open to the question whether the process of European political and economic integration is able to cross over its safe borders within Europe in order to strengthen the EU so that it would be able to counterbalance on the global arena the powers of United States and also growing power blocs in Asia. The first European Union-Turkey Forum will offer a fantastic opportunity for an open and constructive discussion. 

 

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Program:

 

December 5

  • Arrival of the participants
  • Plenary session
  • Panel discussions
  • Reception and Turkish Night

December 6

  • Panel discussions
  • Closing Remarks

 

Friday 5th of December:

Plenary Session: 

Turkey and the European Integration

 

Debates:

1. Turkey as a Bridge between East and West and its Role in the EU's Energy Security

2. The Black Sea Region and EU Commitment

 

Saturday 6th of December:

1. The role of Turkey in EU-NATO Relations

2. Economic potential of Turkey and EU’s Common Market

3. The Role of Turkey in South-Eastern Europe and the Middle East

Lunch

4. Turkey and European Identity

5. Direct Foreign Investments: Investment Profiles of Turkey and EU

 

Conference venue: Sofitel Grand Sopot, Address: 12/14 Powstañców Warszasy street,

Accommodation: Hotel Sheraton Sopot Address:  10 Powstañców Warszawy street,