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1 CIVIL SOCIETY INITIATIVE FOR TURKEY’S ACCESSION TO THE EUROPEAN UNION ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION

2 22 APRIL 2011, ISTANBUL Eighty-one representatives from fifty seven civil society organizations and universities came together in Istanbul on the 22 nd of April with the aim of providing an impetus to Turkey’s EU accession process.

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5 LEADING ORGANIZATIONS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION – FOUNDED IN 1965 – PRESIDENT: PROF. DR. HALUK KABAALİOĞLU TURKEY EUROPE FOUNDATION – FOUNDED IN 2001 – PRESIDENT: ZİYA MÜEZZİNOĞLU

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9 JOINT DECLARATION We, as representatives of various sections of civil society in Turkey, the business community, labor, small enterprises, craftspeople, tradespeople, farmers and science community, represent a broad consensus regarding Turkey’s accession to the European Union. Turkey’s accession to the EU is facing a stalemate. We are worried about the consequences of a failure to avert the stagnation of this process. We gathered here to share our concern with our government, political parties, our public and EU institutions, Member State governments, and the EU public. The present situation presents the impression that the EU process no longer constitutes a priority issue on the agenda of both parties and approaches a point of breakdown. EU membership continues to be an irrevocable target for Turkey. For us, Turkey’s EU membership perspective means achieving the goals of sustainable development, advanced democratic standards, legal security and rule of law, individual liberties, gender equality and welfare society. Conjunctural political and economic developments in the EU or Turkey cannot avert this essential direction.

10 It should be recalled that the EU direction is primarily our own problem. Within this understanding, we invite our government and political parties to exert a greater effort for the realization of Turkey’s EU membership perspective. For this reason, we wish that the upcoming elections provide an opportunity for a new beginning and we invite the political will resulting from the elections to be employed to reignite the reform process in a non-partisan spirit. It is especially of importance that Turkey’s EU membership should be taken into consideration before the 2014 budgetary framework. Reforms should be accelerated with a view to include Turkey’s EU membership perspective in the preparations of the EU’s budgetary framework. It is of paramount importance that civil society which is an indispensable part of the process, should contribute to the joint effort to achieve the target of membership. We are fully aware of this responsibility. Additionally, the effectiveness of the current EU communication strategy should be evaluated, the credibility of messages conveyed to the EU should be investigated and a new and more effective communication strategy should be put into implementation. Despite the efforts of our chief negotiator, the visa issue continues to pose an obstacle hindering civil society dialogue.

11 We call upon EU leaders and institutions: Turkey and the EU have manifested their will for full membership for more than half a century. It is essentially for this reason that Turkey’s EU membership is an integral part of the EU’s becoming a global actor. It is within this understanding that we invite EU leaders to review their legal obligations, positions and discourses regarding Turkey’s accession process rapidly and seriously by taking into consideration the principle of pacta sunt servanda. We call upon both the EU and our government and political parties to make a substantive reassessment of this issue and we declare: Think about the next generations, not the next elections!

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15 PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION (IKV) TURKEY EUROPE FOUNDATION (TAV) UNION OF CHAMBERS AND STOCK EXCHANGES OF TURKEY (TOBB) CONFEDERATION OF TURKISH TRADE UNIONS (TÜRK-İŞ) CONFEDERATION OF SMALL TRADESMEN AND ARTISANS OF TURKEY (TESK) CONFEDERATION OF TURKISH REAL TRADE UNIONS (HAK-İŞ) ISTANBUL CHAMBER OF INDUSTRY (ISO) TURKISH CONFEDERATION OF EMPLOYERS ASSOCIATIONS (TISK) TURKISH INDUSTRY AND BUSINESS ASSOCIATION (TUSIAD) INDEPENDENT INDUSTRIALISTS AND BUSINESSMEN ASSOCIATION (MUSIAD)

16 PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS UNION OF TURKISH BARS ASSOCIATION ISTANBUL APPAREL EXPORTERS ASSOCIATION (IHKIB) UNION OF TURKISH CHAMBERS OF AGRICULTURE (TZOB) TURKISH CHEMICAL MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION TURKISH EMPLOYERS ASSOCIATION OF METAL INDUSTRIES (MESS) TURKISH FOOD INDUSTRY EMPLOYERS UNION ESKİŞEHİR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MERSIN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY TURKISH PACKAGING MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION ASSOCIATION OF TURKISH TRAVEL AGENCIES EUROPEAN JOURNALISTS ASSOCIATION TURKISH COUNCIL OF SHOPPING CENTERS AND RETAILERS

17 PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS EUROPEAN UNION STUDIES CENTER ECONOMY AND FOREIGN POLICY STUDIES CENTER CENTER FOR ECONOMICS AND FOREIGN POLICY STUDIES ISTANBUL VOLUNTARY TRAFFIC INSPECTORS ASSOCIATION IZMIT YOUNG BUSINESSMEN ASSOCIATION PLASTIC PROFILE MANUFACTURERS QUALITY UNION ASSOCIATION WINDOW MANUFACTURERS QUALITY UNION ASSOCIATION TURKISH ASSOCIATION OF ADVERTISING AGENCIES EUROPEAN UNION STUDIES CENTER ECONOMY AND FOREIGN POLICY STUDIES CENTER CENTER FOR ECONOMICS AND FOREIGN POLICY STUDIES ISTANBUL VOLUNTARY TRAFFIC INSPECTORS ASSOCIATION

18 PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS IZMIT YOUNG BUSINESSMEN ASSOCIATION PLASTIC PROFILE MANUFACTURERS QUALITY UNION ASSOCIATION WINDOW MANUFACTURERS QUALITY UNION ASSOCIATION TURKISH ASSOCIATION OF ADVERTISING AGENCIES INSURANCE AGENTS ASSOCIATION SOCIAL DEMOCRACY FOUNDATION ASSOCIATION OF REGISTERED TRADESMARKS TURKISH HOTELS, TOURISTIC HOTELS AND INVESTORS ASSOCIATION CONSUMERS UNION CONSUMER PROTECTION ASSOCIATION TURKISH GERMAN FRIENDSHIP ASSOCIATION TURKISH GERMAN INTERIOR DESIGNERS UNION

19 PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS TURKISH UNIVERSITY WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION ECONOMIC POLICIES RESEARCH FOUNDATION OF TURKEY TURKISH QUALITY ASSOCIATION ANIMAL PROTECTION ASSOCIATION OF TURKEY CONFERENCE INTERPRETERS ASSOCIATION OF TURKEY TURKEY DISABLED CONFEDERATION THE ASSOCIATION OF CAPITAL MARKET INTERMEDIARY INSTITUTIONS OF TURKEY FEDERATION OF TURKISH SOROPTIMIST CLUBS FEDERATION OF FLOUR MANUFACTURERS OF TURKEY TURKISH PHILANTROPIST ASSOCIATION UNION OF LOCAL AND REGIONAL TELEVISIONS

20 PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS AKDENİZ UNIVERSITY EUROPEAN RESEARCH CENTER ANKARA UNIVERSITY EUROPEAN RESEARCH CENTER GALATASARAY UNIVERSITY EUROPEAN RESEARCH CENTER ISTANBUL BILGI UNIVERSITY EU INSTITUTE OKAN UNIVERSITY EUROPEAN RESEARCH CENTER MIDDLE EAST TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY EU STUDIES CENTER SABANCI UNIVERSITY SULEYMAN DEMIREL UNIVERSITY EU DOCUMENTATION AND RESEARCH CENTER

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