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The Head of the Delegation of the EU to Turkey, European Union Member State Ambassadors and Turkish Trade Minister met for a working breakfast

Wed, 02/26/2020 - 15:10

The Head of the Delegation of the EU to Turkey Ambassador Christian Berger and European Union Member State ambassadors gathered for a working breakfast hosted by Turkey's Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan on 26 February 2020. ‬‬‬‬‬‬

At the breakfast, the EU Ambassadors and Minister Pekcan discussed the various aspects of Turkey-EU relations.

Minister Pekcan said that Turkey had taken various precautions in response to the coronavirus outbreak, adding that Turkey would be ready to cooperate with Europe in the event that the virus outbreak led to a decline in imports from China to Europe.

The Ambassadors and Minister Pekcan had a discussion over the modernization of the Customs Union Agreement.

The Head of Delegation of the EU to Turkey Ambassador Christian Berger touched on the importance of the Customs Union, saying, "Turkey posted a trade surplus with the EU for the first time in 2019." Berger said that 66% of direct investment to Turkey came from EU members.

Berger said that relations between the EU and Turkey had grown deeper and that that the existing Customs Union Agreement had significantly increased the trade volume between Turkey and the EU.

European Union Ambassadors and Minister Pekcan spoke on the important role multilateralism would play in the coming term and agreed on the importance of the WTO in particular.