European Union supports Turkey's fight against Informal Economy

European Union supports Turkey's fight against Informal Economy

Mon, 11.03.2019 - 10:52


The EU-funded project "Technical Assistance for Strengthening the Audit Capacity and Improving Inter-agency Data Sharing within the scope of Reducing the Informal Economy" was launched on 7 March 2019 in Ankara. Giulio Gentile, Deputy Head of the Trade Section of the EU Delegation to Turkey and Bekir Bayrakdar, Head of the Turkish Revenue Administration attended the opening conference. 

The Head of the EU Delegation to Turkey, Ambassador Christian Berger, said on the occasion: "Informal economy impedes establishing a sound and fair tax collection system which would ensure adequate revenues for the delivery of better public services. This is the second consecutive project in this area, confirming EU support to Turkey's efforts to fight against informal economy. Its ultimate aim is to assist Turkey in adopting the regulatory reforms needed to address the root causes of the informality, so to ensure fair distribution of the tax burden."


What is the scope of the project?

The Project aims to reduce the rate of the informal economy by improving the audit capacity of the Turkish Government and the sharing of data among different institutions to put up an effective fight against the informal economy. In order to achieve this goal, the project activities are concentrated around five main pillars: (i) restructuring of audit activities, (ii) assessment of market structures in eight different industries (i.e. gas and LPG, agriculture, alcoholic beverages, rebar of building, mining, tourism, health, transportation and logistics) to assess possible interlinkages with informality, (iii) support the Turkish Revenue Administration's Data Vision, (iv) design of a data-driven institutional strategy and, (v) establishment of analytical monitoring systems.


What are the outcomes?

The project within the course of its 23 months of implementation will ensure the involvement and active cooperation of 19 public institutions and 32 NGO's and associations. The project will train 450 Turkish Revenue Administration staff and 280 staff from the stakeholders. With an overall EU contribution of EUR 1.7 million, the project targets to reduce the rate of informal economy more than 2 points.




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Mr.Gülşad Yalpu Tel: +90 312 4598700


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