SME SURVEYS

Within the framework of the Turkey-EU Business Dialogue (TEBD) project, two large scale surveys are conducted in order to collect information from companies in Turkey and in the EU member states regarding their experiences and views in relation to economic cooperation and trade between Turkey and the EU. The results from both of these surveys are analysed and presented at public events to be held in Brussels and Ankara. The end-goal of the survey is to provide a comprehensive assessment of EU-Turkey business relations.

SME Survey in Turkey

The results of TEBD SME Survey on the “EU-Turkey Business Relations: Views of the Turkish Private Sector” launched on the 10th March 2022 in a hybrid environment at TOBB Premises in Ankara, Turkey.

1828 Turkish companies gave their views related to trade and economic cooperation between Turkey and the EU. The aim of the survey was to provide insight on EU-Turkey business relations.

The survey provided insightful information, from a myriad of Turkish companies regarding their experiences and views in relation to the economic cooperation and trade between Turkey and the EU. The end-goal of the survey has been to provide a comprehensive assessment of EU-Turkey business relations.

The main results of the survey concluded how the Custom Union has transformed Turkey, bolstering it from an agrarian country towards an industrial one. Moreover, the survey elicits the strong support among Turkish companies for the EU process, placing emphasis on the Customs Union rather than the EU accession process itself. As they closely follow the EU’s green and digital transformation process, the role of the TEBD project has been of paramount importance as instrument. Lastly, it was observed how the de-carbonization can be viewed as an opportunity for EU-Turkey relations. This subsumes the Customs Union modernization, turning into a transformative agenda along with the Green Deal with immigration appearing as too transactional; as well as the impression of how the de-carbonization process does not only include climate aspects but also areas that vary from energy policy to trade policy, and from security policy to industrial policy.

EU-Turkey Business Relations: Views of the Turkish Private Sector

2021 (8,08 MB)

Previous Surveys

The first and second editions of the SME surveys were carried out in 2008 and 2013 respectively within the framework of the ETCF I and II Projects. Please click on the images to view each survey and to download them to your computer.

Corporate Preparation in Turkey for EU Membership: The view of the Turkish private sector

2013 (568 KB)

EU-Turkey Relations: Perspectives from the European business community

2013 (601 KB)