WELCOME TO TEBD
Chambers both in Turkey and in the European Union (EU) have an important role to play in economic cooperation and Turkey’s EU accession process. The Turkey-EU Business Dialogue (TEBD) Project is based on the long-term partnership of the Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry (EUROCHAMBRES) and the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) as the “voices of the business community” considering their strategic priorities and their members of business communities both in the EU and Turkey.
The TEBD Project brings the Turkish Chambers of Commerce, Industry, and Commodity Exchanges, and their EU counterparts closer trough establishing grant partnerships and implementing a range of activities, providing the Chambers and Commodity Exchanges opportunities to exchange views and practices and to improve business dialogue. The TEBD Project promotes the integration of the European Union and Turkish business communities and ensures greater awareness of business opportunities and challenges of Turkey’s potential future accession to the EU and the modernization of the Customs Union between Turkey and the EU.
This website offers an overview of all activities implemented in the framework of the TEBD Project since its inception on July 2018.
The Turkey-EU Business Dialogue (TEBD) is a project co-funded by the European Union under its IPA II programme with Turkey that aims to strengthen mutual understanding and cooperation between the Turkish and the European private sectors. Activities are implemented by the European and Turkish Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
This component of TEBD aims to build capacities of Chamber executives by a variety of tools and activities that does include a dedicated Chamber Academy program, proven support tools for SMEs such as Acquis-, Energy Efficiency- and Solvency Audits. This is complemented with Study Visits to the EU and Turkey.
The Chamber Partnerships aim to establish a viable relation between dedicated chambers in the EU and Turkey over a timeframe of 12-15 months. The outcome of those partnership projects shall pave the way for a long-term cooperation with the aim to improve the chambers capacity as well as new services to their member companies.
“My biggest win from the Study Visit to Brussels was understanding how to manage EU projects. (...) TEBD gave us step-by-step guidance on where to start and how to communicate. Also, we were able to meet with colleagues who are from chambers in other countries. In this way, we could widen our business and cultural perspectives.”
Project Manager (Edremit Chamber of Commerce)
“I attended the TEBD Study Visit and the ‘Connecting European Chambers’ event in Brussels, which was a great chance to extend my professional network and establish possible partnerships. (...) Being a representative of a non-EU chamber, I strongly believe these events provide valuable opportunities to find areas of cooperation regardless of political relations.”
Business Development Expert (İzmir Chamber of Commerce)
“Every hour of the Study Visit to Latvia and Estonia was arranged meticulously. The Latvian CCI and Estonian CCI were also very hospitable. The companies we visited, especially ABB Factory, were very impressive. We have learned useful information about the Baltic States, and we have seen that cooperation and collaboration is possible between Turkey and the Baltic States.”
Tarsus Commodity Exchange
“What I appreciated the most about the Study Visit to Latvia and Estonia (from 27 to 31 January 2020) was the opportunity to learn about the way of doing business in the Baltic States. I believe the networking done during the Study Visit will lead to establishing cooperation between Ankara Chamber of Industry and Chambers in the Baltic States in the near future!”
Ankara Chamber of Industry
“I participated in the Study Visit to Brussels, in July 2019. Thanks to this Study Visit, I had the chance to learn about different aspects of the EU, and I also got a lot of useful information about EU Funds and the application process. I would highly recommend for those who haven’t done it yet to attend this kind of activity to broaden their vision!”
Foreign Economic Affairs & Events Chief (Adana Chamber of Commerce)
“The TEBD Study Visit to Latvia and Estonia (from 27 to 31 January 2020) was useful for developing bilateral relations as well as for sharing experience and knowledge. The parts of the programme that related to the concept of ‘clustering’ and the experts who were introduced to us brought benefits in terms of gaining new ideas for our chamber’s future projects!”
Şanlıurfa Chamber of Commerce and Industry
“The Study Visit to İzmir was very well prepared and it went beyond my expectations. We had excellent business dialogues and presentations at the İzmir Chamber, and I was especially impressed with our visit to the İzmir University of Economics. I hope that companies in Croatia will take up the opportunities that Turkey can offer them!”
Assistant Director (Croatian Chamber of Economy)
“As Ankara Chamber of Industry, we are glad to be part of the TEBD Project by which we have the opportunity to contribute to strengthening cooperation and collaboration between the Turkish and European business communities. (...) We consider the TEBD Project as an effective tool for us in establishing strong and long-lasting bonds with our business partners in Europe.”
Director of Research & Business Development (Ankara Chamber of Industry)
“Following the TEBD Academy, I was able to share a lot of valuable information with various companies and clusters via our own Chamber’s activities. Furthermore, I was very happy to exchange and share useful information with my colleagues in order to develop new activities for our members!”
Deputy Secretary General (Eskisehir Chamber of Industry)