In the framework of the Turkey-EU Business Dialogue, 19 partnership projects involving Chambers of Commerce and Industry (and Commodity Exchanges) in Turkey and their counterparts in EU Member States are being supported by the European Union through a special Grant Scheme. The purpose of this scheme is to encourage cooperation between Chambers in order to improve mutual understanding and support economic integration between the business communities of Turkey and the EU. In order to be eligible for a grant, each partnership must include at least one Turkish Chamber (or Commodity Exchange) and one EU Chamber.

The Chamber Partnerships play a positive role in helping Chambers of Commerce and Industry (and Commodity Exchanges) in Turkey and the EU to collaborate with each other and deliver benefits to their member companies and local business communities. The transfer of knowledge and expertise goes in both directions and thereby creates additional business links between the regions concerned.

The TEBD Grant Scheme for Chamber Partnerships has a total budget of €2,500,000, which is provided by the European Union through its Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA-II). The partnership projects have been identified and selected following a dedicated Call for Proposals, which was managed by the Central Finance Contracts Unit (CFCU) in cooperation with Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB). The selected partnerships launched their activities in April 2019, with a duration of up to 15 months. Each selected partnership is being supported by the European Union with a grant of up to €150,000.

The specific objectives of Chamber Partnership Grant Scheme are:

  • to increase opportunities for networking and exchanges of best practices between Chambers and Commodity Exchanges in Turkey and in the EU Member States;
  • to increase the capacity of Turkish Chambers and Commodity Exchanges so that they may develop and improve the services they provide to their members;
  • to enhance awareness in both business communities of the potential opportunities and challenges of Turkey’s accession to the EU;
  • to increase the participation of the business community in EU-Turkey dialogue, particularly in relation to the further development of the Customs Union and the advancement of Turkey’s EU accession process.

The Chamber Partnership projects also contribute to the following objectives:

  1. Supporting local/regional investment promotion activities;
  2. Supporting the development of SMEs by helping them to access new markets;
  3. Improving vocational education and training;
  4. Sharing knowledge and best practices in relation to cluster development;
  5. Raising awareness of how businesses can help to address environmental issues;
  6. Promoting and supporting women’s entrepreneurship;
  7. Raising awareness of how businesses can protect their Intellectual Property;
  8. Sharing knowledge with respect to the implementation of the EU policies.

The TEBD team within EUROCHAMBRES provides training, coaching and advice to the grant beneficiaries (Chamber Partnerships) in order to support the successful implementation of their respective activities. The TEBD team is also responsible for monitoring the projects as well as collecting and disseminating information about the outcomes and results.

Chamber Partnership Projects

Here is a list of Chamber Partnership projects supported by the European Union in the framework of the Turkey-EU Business Dialogue (TEBD) project. Please click on the chamber logo for more information about each project.

“Mardin Chamber of Commerce and Industry increases its capacity in cooperation with its counterpart, Granada Chamber of Commerce and Industry.”
Project Coordinator:
Mardin Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Turkey)
Project Partner:
Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Navigation of Granada (Spain)
“Knowledge is Power.”
Project Coordinator:
Edirne Commodity Exchange (Turkey)
Project Partner:
Yambol Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Bulgaria)
“Develop SMEs and Clusters by International Networking.”
Project Coordinator:
Eskişehir Chamber of Industry (Turkey)
Project Partners:
Barcelona Chamber of Commerce (Spain)
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Chamber of Commerce (France)
Sivas Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Turkey)
“Improving Business Dialogue For Business.”
Project Coordinator:
Çerkezköy Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Turkey)
Project Partner:
Drama Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Greece)
“SME Hospital and European Network.”
Project Coordinator:
Afyonkarahisar Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Turkey)
Project Partners:
Siauliai Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Crafts (Lithuania)
Sibiu Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (Romania)
Varna Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Bulgaria)
Afyonkarahisar Commodity Exchange (Turkey)
Bingol Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Turkey)
“Strengthening of EU-Turkey Business Bridges through more cooperation and comprehension of the EU.”
Project Coordinator:
Samsun Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Turkey)
Project Partner:
Czech Chamber of Commerce (Czech Republic)
“Finding Opportunities & Building Bridges in the Automotive Industry between Turkey and the EU.”
Project Coordinator:
Bursa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Turkey)
Project Partners:
Polish Chamber of Commerce (Poland)
Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Bács-Kiskun County (Hungary)
Kilis Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Turkey)
“Twinning for Digitalization.”
Project Coordinator:
İstanbul Chamber of Commerce (Turkey)
Project Partner:
Paris Île-de-France Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry (France)
“Fostering SMEs’ growth by transfer of expertise between Spanish and Turkish Chambers: SMEs’ Observatory.”
Project Coordinator:
Ankara Chamber of Industry (Turkey)
Project Partners:
Official Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Services and Navigation of Spain (Spain)
Düzce Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Turkey)
“Business Service Center”
Project Coordinator:
Konya Chamber of Commerce (Turkey)
Project Partners:
Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chemnitz (Germany)
Aksaray Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Turkey)
“Increase of Hazelnut Added Value in Giresun by Increasing the Collaboration of the Chambers.”
Project Coordinator:
Giresun Commodity Exchange (Turkey)
Project Partners:
Turin Chamber of Commerce (Italy)
Giresun Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Turkey)
“Accreditation Guidance to Kars Commodity Exchange and provision for cheese production variety.”
Project Coordinator:
Kars Commodity Exchange (Turkey)
Project Partners:
Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serres (Greece)
Galati Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (Romania)
Ardahan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Turkey)
“Transfer of best practices through structural dialogue for capacity development in the fields of digitalisation and industry-university collaboration.”
Project Coordinator:
İstanbul Chamber of Industry (Turkey)
Project Partner:
Union of the Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Agriculture and Crafts of Lombardy (Italy)
“Supporting EU-Turkey Trade Integration (SETTI).”
Project Coordinator:
Gaziantep Chamber of Commerce (Turkey)
Project Partners:
Chamber of Commerce of Seville (Spain)
Adıyaman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Turkey)
“Developing a new service for Turkish Chamber on coaching companies on energy efficiency.”
Project Coordinator:
Kocaeli Chamber of Industry (Turkey)
Project Partner:
Walloon Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Belgium)
“Mediterranean Business Dialogue for SME coaching and international trade.”
Project Coordinator:
Uşak Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Turkey)
Project Partners:
Caceres Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Spain)
Viterbo Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Italy)
Thessaloniki Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Greece)
Kütahya Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Turkey)
Manisa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Turkey)
“Intereuropean Concept Innovation Network.”
Project Coordinator:
Trabzon Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Turkey)
Project Partners:
Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Bulgaria)
Kaunas Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Crafts (Lithuania)
“Increase your opportunities of networking trough Digital Information Management System (DIMS).”
Project Coordinator:
Artvin Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Turkey)
Project Partner:
Arad Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (Romania)
“Strengthening the civil society & business networking of female entrepreneurs and exchange of experience (Euro-FEM).”
Project Coordinator:
Small And Medium Sized Industry Chamber Of Piraeus (Greece)
Project Partners:
Official Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Services and Navigation Santiago de Compostela (Spain)
İzmir Commodity Exchange (Turkey)