Oct. 25, 2018, 10:31 a.m.
In 1959, Turkey has been applied for the membership to European Economic Community (EEC), known as the biggest peace project in the history of humanity. Application to membership has been accepted by the EEC Council of Ministers by advising to sign a partnership agreement which will be valid until the fulfilment of the membership conditions of Turkey.
In 1963, a partnership agreement (The Ankara Agreement) was signed between EEC and Turkey and entered into force on 1 December 1964. The Ankara Agreement is a highly important treaty due to creating the legal basis of Turkey-European Union relations.
The Ankara Agreement has designated three phases for the membership to the European Economic Community. These periods are defined as the preparatory period which started in 1964, the transitionalperiod and final period.
Full chronology can be found here.