26 October 2022
TEBD High Level Business Dialogue 2022
On 26 October, Eurochambres co-organised the EU-Türkiye High-level Business Dialogue in cooperation with TOBB in the framework of the TEBD project. The meeting was opened by Eurochambres President, Luc Frieden, TOBB President Eurochambres Vice-President, M.Rifat Hisarciklioglu, European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, Olivér Várhelyi, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Director for EU Affairs, Ambassador Faruk Kaymakci, and Türkiye Minister for Trade, Mehmet Muş.
“We see the modernization of the customs union in the age of the Green Deal as the booster we much needed. These are interlinked. This will help increase business relations both in Türkiye and in the EU.” stated TOBB President, M.Rifat Hisarciklioglu, during the opening remarks.
Both parties agreed on the importance of enhancing economic cooperation given the uncertain geopolitical environment and challenging context for businesses. The opening session was followed by a round table with business organisations from both the EU and Türkiye.
TOBB President, M.Rifat Hisarciklioglu, stressed: “The world enjoyed the benefits of “off shoring” for decades. However, the pandemics and the war in Ukraine ended this era. Now, we all learned that “in shoring” or even “near shoring” are not perfect solutions. Now we are talking about “Friend-Shoring”. The EU can be assured that, Turkey, as one of the outstanding partners of the EU, should be considered as “Friend-Shoring”.”
Overall, this last edition of the High Level Business Dialogue, organised by the TEBD project resulted in a very fruitful exchange of positions between high representatives of both the EU and Türkiye, and as such, provided a platform for a further economic development and cooperation on both sides.