1. BUSINESS DIALOGUE

The EU-Turkey Business Dialogue aims at gathering the EU and Turkish public and private sectors at the highest possible level, with a view to analyse and discuss EU-Turkey economic relations and how they can be improved. Over the course of the TEBD project, two Dialogues will be organised in close cooperation with the EU and Turkish authorities, who take an active interest in this event in the spirit of the EU-Turkey High Level Economic Dialogues, organised in 2016 and 2017.

The meetings will result in recommendations from the business community towards the policy-makers, with a view to improve economic cooperation, contribute to a possible modernization of the Customs Union and to move forward in the accession process. 

2. SME WORKSHOPS

This activity aims to reach out to the Turkish business community at local level across the entire country, to increase their understanding on EU-Turkey economic relations, and seek their input on how the policy framework for doing business with the EU can be improved. During the TEBD project, 60 workshops will be organised across Turkey.

Here is a list of SME Workshops carried out in the framework of TEBD.

SME Workshop #1 in Nevşehir, Turkey

Date: 19/12/2018 (completed)
Hosted by the Nevşehir Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Topic: Challenges of SMEs exporting to EU Countries

SME Workshop #2 in Trabzon, Turkey
Date: 21/12/2018 (completed)
Hosted by the Trabzon Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Topic: Adaptation of Food Producers to the EU Standards

SME Workshop #3 in Afyon, Turkey
Date: 21/02/2019 (completed)
Hosted by the Afyonkarahisar Chamber of Industry and Commodity Exchange
Topic: Opportunities and challenges of EU-Turkey Customs Union

SME Workshop #4 in Kütahya, Turkey
Date: 23/02/2019 (completed)
Hosted by the Tavşanlı Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Topic: Challenges of the SMEs exporting to EU countries

SME Workshop #5 in Balıkesir, Turkey
Date: 26/02/2019 (completed)
Hosted by the Bandırma Chamber of Commerce
Topic: Adaptation of Food Producers to the EU Standards

SME Workshop #6 in Izmir, Turkey
Date: 20/03/2019 (completed)
Hosted by the İzmir Chamber of Commerce
Topic: Modernization of the Customs Union, Opportunities and Challenges, Importance of its Implementation

SME Workshop #7 in Tekirdağ, Turkey
Date: 02/04/2019 (completed)
Hosted by the Çorlu Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Topic: Challenges of the SMEs exporting to EU countries

SME Workshop #8 in Manisa, Turkey
Date: 25/04/2019 (completed)
Hosted by the Manisa Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Topic: Challenges of the SMEs exporting to EU countries

SME Workshop #9 in Ordu, Turkey
Date: 10/05/2019 (completed)
Hosted by the Ordu Commodity Exchange
Topic: Clustering and University – Industry

SME Workshop #10 in Ankara, Turkey
Date: 11/06/2019 (completed)
Hosted by the Beypazarı Chamber of Commerce
Topic: Adaptation of Food Producers to the EU Standards

SME Workshop #11 in Antakya, Turkey
Date: 19/06/2019 (completed)
Hosted by the Antakya Chamber of Commerce and Industry 
Topic: Challenges of SMEs exporting to EU Countries

SME Workshop #12 in Erzurum, Turkey
Date: To be confirmed (foreseen)
Hosted by the Erzurum Commodity Exchange
Topic: EU Trade Policy and Relations with Turkey

SME Workshop #13 in Athens, Greece
Date: 24/06/2019 (completed)
Hosted by the Union of Hellenic Chambers
Topic: EU-Turkey bilateral trade: Rules and requirements for trade and invest  with Turkey

SME Workshop #14 in Kayseri, Turkey
Date: 28/08/2019 (completed)
Hosted by the Kayseri Chamber of Industry
Topic: EU Trade Policy and Relations With Turkey

SME Workshop #15 in Istanbul, Turkey
Date: 08/10/2019 (completed)
Hosted by the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce
Topic: Adaptation of food producers to the EU standards

SME Workshop #16 in Sofia, Bulgaria
Date: 26/06/2019 (completed)
Hosted by the International Cooperation and International Organizations Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Topic: Opportunities and challenges of EU-Turkey Customs Union

SME Workshop #17 in Balıkesir, Turkey
Date: 16/10/2019 (completed)
Hosted by the Edremit Chamber of Commerce
Topic: Challenges of SMEs exporting to EU Countries

SME Workshop #18 in Düzce, Turkey
Date: 31/10/2019 (completed)
Hosted by the Düzce Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Topic: Challenges of SMEs exporting to EU Countries

SME Workshop #19 in Adana, Turkey
Date: 26/11/2019 (completed)
Hosted by the Adana Chamber of Industry
Topic: Challenges of SMEs exporting to EU Countries

SME Workshop #20 in Ankara, Turkey
Date: 26/11/2019 (completed)
Hosted by the Ankara Chamber of Industry
Topic: EU-Turkey Custom Union and EU Trade Rules: Opportunities and Challenges of SMEs

SME Workshop #21 in Osmaniye, Turkey
Date: 28/11/2019 (completed)
Hosted by the Osmaniye Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Topic: Challenges of SMEs exporting to EU Countries

SME Workshop #22 in Sakarya, Turkey
Date: 16/01/2020 (completed)
Hosted by the Sakarya Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Topic: The impact of SMEs institutionalization on EU export

SME Workshop #23 in Riga, Latvia
Date: 17/02/2020 (completed)
Hosted by the Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Topic: How to successfully enter Turkish market & EU – Turkey relations

SME Workshop #24 in Bartın, Turkey
Date: Postponed until further notice
Hosted by the Bartın Chamber of Commerce and Industry 
Topic: EU Trade – Competition Rules    

SME Workshop #25 in Izmir, Turkey
Date: 17/02/2020 (completed)
Hosted by the Aegean Region Chamber of Industry
Topic: Challenges of SMEs exporting to EU Countries

SME Workshop #26 in Gaziantep, Turkey
Date: 06/03/2020 (completed)
Hosted by the Gaziantep Chamber of Commerce
Topic: Challenges of SMEs exporting to EU Countries

SME Workshop #27 in Sivas, Turkey
Date: Postponed until further notice
Hosted by the Sivas Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Topic: Cultural barriers in Bilateral Business meetings in EU Countries

SME Workshop #28 in Konya, Turkey
Date: 05/03/2020 (completed)
Hosted by the Konya Chamber of Commerce
Topic: Challenges of SMEs exporting to EU Countries

SME Workshop #29 in Şanlıurfa, Turkey
Date: 12/03/2020 (completed)
Hosted by the Şanlıurfa Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Topic: Generating recommendations and suggestions on how to improve EU-Turkey economic relations and Projects

SME Workshop #30 in Denizli, Turkey
Date: Postponed until further notice
Hosted by the Denizli Commodity Exchange
Topic: Challenges of SMEs exporting to EU Countries

SME Workshop #31 in Gebze, Turkey
Date: Postponed until further notice
Hosted by the Gebze Chamber of Commerce
Topic: To be confirmed

SME Workshop #32 in Aydın, Turkey
Date: Postponed until further notice
Hosted by the Aydın Chamber of Commerce
Topic: Challenges of SMEs exporting to EU Countries

SME Workshop #33 in Mersin, Turkey
Date: Postponed until further notice
Hosted by the Mersin Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Topic: Challenges of SMEs exporting to EU Countries

SME Workshop #34 in Bursa, Turkey
Date: Postponed until further notice
Hosted by the Bursa Commodity Exchange
Topic: Challenges of SMEs exporting to EU Countries

SME Workshop #35 in Çanakkale, Turkey
Date: Postponed until further notice
Hosted by the Çanakkale Commodity Exchange
Topic: Adaptation of Food Producers to the EU Standards

SME Workshop #36 in Bingöl, Turkey
Date: Postponed until further notice
Hosted by the Bingöl Chamber of Commerce and Industry 
Topic: To be confirmed

SME Workshop #37 in Isparta, Turkey
Date: Postponed until further notice
Hosted by the Isparta Chamber of Commerce and industry
Topic: To be confirmed

SME Workshop #38 in Kuşadası, Turkey
Date: Postponed until further notice
Hosted by the Kuşadası Chamber of Commerce
Topic: To be confirmed

SME Workshop #39 in Antalya, Turkey
Date: Postponed until further notice
Hosted by the Antalya Chamber of Commerce and Industry 
Topic: To be confirmed

SME Workshop #40 in Tokat, Turkey
Date: Postponed until further notice
Hosted by the Tokat Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Topic: To be confirmed

SME Workshop #41 in Eskişehir, Turkey
Date: 11/06/2020 (foreseen)
Hosted by the Eskişehir Commodity Exchange
Topic: To be confirmed

SME Workshop #42 in Artvin, Turkey
Date: 16/06/2020 (foreseen)
Hosted by the Artvin Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Topic: To be confirmed

SME Workshop #43 in Zonguldak, Turkey
Date: 18/06/2020 (foreseen)
Hosted by the Zonguldak Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Topic: To be confirmed

SME Workshop #44 in Adıyaman, Turkey
Date: 25/06/2020 (foreseen)
Hosted by the Adıyaman Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Topic: To be confirmed

SME Workshop #45 in Kocaeli, Turkey
Date: 30/06/2020 (foreseen)
Hosted by the Kocaeli Chamber of Industry
Topic: To be confirmed

SME Workshop #46 in Elazığ, Turkey
Date: 08/09/2020 (foreseen)
Hosted by the Elazığ Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Topic: To be confirmed

SME Workshop #47 in Çankırı, Turkey
Date: 24/09/2020 (foreseen)
Hosted by the Çankırı Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Topic: To be confirmed

SME Workshop #48 in Muğla, Turkey
Date: 28/09/2020 (foreseen)
Hosted by the Muğla Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Topic: Challenges of SMEs exporting to EU Countries

SME Workshop #49 in Malatya, Turkey
Date: 30/09/2020 (foreseen)
Hosted by the Malatya Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Topic: To be confirmed

SME Workshop #50 in Bolu, Turkey
Date: 01/10/2020 (foreseen)
Hosted by the Bolu Chamber of Commerce and Industry 
Topic: To be confirmed

SME Workshop #51 in Aksaray, Turkey
Date: 01/10/2020 (foreseen)
Hosted by the Aksaray Commodity Exchange
Topic: Agriculture and Livestock

SME Workshop #52 in Kastamonu, Turkey
Date: 06/10/2020 (foreseen)
Hosted by the Kastamonu Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Topic: To be confirmed

SME Workshop #53 in Edirne, Turkey
Date: 15/10/2020 (foreseen)
Hosted by the Edirne Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Topic: To be confirmed

3. SURVEYS

As a complement to the SME Workshops, two large scale company surveys will be conducted. The purpose of these surveys is to understand and present the views from Turkish companies on their relation with the EU, and vice versa, the views from EU companies on their relation with Turkey.

Both surveys will be presented at public events in Brussels and Ankara in the course of the project.