Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance

Quo Vadis, Türkiye?

Ankara’s 50 year old ‘candidacy’ to the EU

12Sept2013 12:00 - 17:00


On 12 September 2013 it will be 50 years that the official signatures were set to the Treaty of Ankara establishing the Association between Turkey, the European Economic Community and its six Member States. The Amsterdam Center for European Law and Governance is pleased to invite you to the symposium “Quo Vadis, Türkiye?”, organized in cooperation with the Centre for European Policy Studies, CEPS, and the Economic Development Foundation/İktisadi Kalkınma Vakfı on 12 September 2013 in Brussels.


When the Treaty of Ankara was signed, the President of the Commission, Hallstein, marked the occasion by stating that Turkey ‘is part of Europe’. Such sense of optimism, sided with a sense of geopolitical and economic necessity fuelled the first steps to establish the Association with Turkey, preparing it for ultimate accession in the so-called final or third stage of the Association (see art. 28 of the Treaty of Ankara). Over the years economic and geopolitical reasons to push for the final step of Turkish accession may have waned, and the association certainly has seen its share of ‘dormant years’, yet it has never grinded to a complete halt if only for the elaboration of the association regime by the European Court of Justice.


The thematic questions in the course of this symposium will be the qualification and proper understanding of the Association regime. Can signs be discerned that show that it starts to lose its ‘features’ of a transitory regime? Does the legal framework of the Association regime indeed prove to be flexible enough for such a transmutation? What has been the influence of the time factor on rules and principles that, after 50 years, can hardly be said to perform the same function, both legally and politically, that they were intended to have when they were first adopted? To what extent can the Association regime still be regarded as a Treaty with a ‘purely economic nature’ as was recently suggested by Advocate General Bot in his opinion to the Ziebell case before the European Court of Justice? Finally, what future lessons or perspectives might be drawn from the Association regime, in particular when it comes to the current accession process?

By organizing this symposium, the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance (ACELG), the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) and the Economic Development Foundation/İktisadi Kalkınma Vakfı (IKV) hope to bring together legal scholars, practitioners and policy-makers who are interested in the developments of the EU-Turkey Association regime and their wider implications.

Attendance & Registration

Participation is free of charge but participants to the seminar are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation costs. Registration is no longer possible.

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