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18 July

2.30-3.30 p.m.    Welcoming words and moderation

  • Ms Annie van Wezel, member of the EESC, Co-chair of the EU-Turkey Joint Consultative Committee

Opening session

  • Mr Georges Dassis, President of the EESC
  • Mr Ömer Çelik, Minister for EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator of the Republic of Turkey
  • Mr M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu, President of TOBB, Co-chair of the EU-Turkey Joint Consultative Committee
  • Mr Maciej Popowski, Deputy Director-General, DG NEAR, European Commission

Questions and answers

3.30-3.45 p.m.    Coffee break

3.45-5.30 p.m.    The state of EU-Turkey relations and the implementation of the EU-Turkey statement

Presentations on the current state of play and future relations

  • H.E. Faruk Kaymakcı, Permanent Delegate of Turkey to the EU
  • Mr Patrick Paquet, DG NEAR, European Commission
  • Mr Marco Stefan, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)


19 July

9.30-11 a.m.    The state of the economy in Turkey and EU-Turkey economic developments

Presentations on the economic indicators in Turkey

  •  Mr Willem Kooi, DG ECFIN, European Commission
  • Mr Ekrem Keskin, Bank Association of Turkey (TBB)
  • Mr Arno Metzler, EESC Member

Presentations on the developments in the modernisation of the EU-Turkey Customs Union

  • Mr Petros Sourmelis, DG TRADE, European Commission
  • Mr Ayhan Zeytinoğlu, IKV
  • Ms Sofia Bournou, BusinessEurope
  • Ms Tanja Buzek, EESC member
  • Ms Pınar Ersen Rousk, Chief Commercial Counsellor in the Permanent Delegation of Turkey to the EU


11-11.15 a.m.    Coffee break

11.15 a.m.-1 p.m.    The state of social issues and employment in Turkey

Social indicators in Turkey

  • Mr Lluís Prats, DG EMPL, European Commission
  • Mr Mahmut Arslan, HAK-İŞ
  • Ms Esra Belen, TİSK
  • Mr Daniele Basso, ETUC

Rights and employment of women

  • Ms Itır Aykut, KAGIDER

Topics to discuss in upcoming JCC meetings


1-2.30 p.m.    Lunch

2.30-4 p.m.    Adoption of the joint declaration (pending)