Bilgi University is part of a consortium led by IRIS (France) selected by the European Parliament to carry out foreign policy studies and to provide external expertise to the European parliament on EU enlargement, European Neighbourhood Policy and Russia (contract 2009/S 94-134129, 2009-2013).
The aim of the consortium is to give consultancy to the European Parliament on European Neighbourhood Policy, Turkey-EU relations and EU´s relations with Eastern neighbours and Russia. As the only participant from Turkey, BİLGİ's European Institute will be counselling to European Parliament in the framework of the consortium for the up-coming five years.
The other participants of the consortium are the Centre for Russian and East European Studies/University of Birmingham, ELIAMEP, IRIS (Institut de Relations Internationales et Strategiques), CEPS (Centre for European Policy Studies), CIDOB, DGAP (Deutsche Gesselschaft für Auswartige Politik), EURC (EU-Russia Centre) and CEGS (Centre for Eastern Geopolitical Studies). While providing consultancy to the Parliament, BİLGİ's European Institute will benefit from academic expertise of the various faculties and departments of Istanbul Bilgi University.
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A new briefing note has been published by Prof. Ayhan Kaya and Assist.Prof. Senem Aydin Düzgit, entitled 'Analysis of the 2009 Annual Programme for Turkey under the Pre-accession Instrument (IPA) in the Context of the 2009 Enlargement Package'. The briefing was requested by the European Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs, from the consortium which Bilgi's European Institute is a part of, to carry out foreign policy studies and to provide external expertise to the European parliament on EU enlargement, European Neighbourhood Policy and Russia (contract ref: AFET/FWC/2009/01/Lot1).
The Briefing Paper analyses the coherence of the IPA Annual Programme (AP) 2009 for Turkey with the EU overall policy objectives as further specified in the pre-accession process in general and for Turkey in particular. It assesses the pertinence of the elements of analysis included in the AP and their potential to respond to the conditions/needs identified in Turkey. In responding to this task, the AP's allocation of funding and composition of projects are projected against Turkey's specific needs as identified by the European Commission's (EC) Progress Report (Commission 2009a) and the Enlargement Strategy (Commission 2009b). On the basis of this analysis, the briefing provides recommendations concerning the adjustments that could be made to planning and implementing future EU activity in Turkey.
Analysis of the 2009 annual programme for Turkey under the instrument for Pre-accession Instrument in the context of the 2009 enlargement package (pdf)
A new study has been published by Assoc. Prof. Durmus Ozdemir, entitled 'Trade and Economic Relations with Turkey'. The study was requested by the European Parliament's Committee on International Trade, from the consortium which Bilgi's European Institute is a part of, to carry out foreign policy studies and to provide external expertise to the European parliament on EU enlargement, European Neighbourhood Policy and Russia (contract ref: AFET/FWC/2009/01/Lot1).
The study presents an overview of the current state of the economic and trade relations between the EU and Turkey. It starts with an assessment of the Customs Union with Turkey followed by Turkey and WTO, including a brief analysis of the latest Trade Policy Review. Then follows an assessment of Turkey's trade relations with the Caucasus, Central Asia, Russia and the Mediterranean region as well. It examines also the trade relations with China. The last section deals with the horizontal issues such as Energy, the textile industry, Intellectual Property Rights, Market Access, Sanitary and phytosanitary issues, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, and Antidumping policies.