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'Turkey in Europe: The economic case for Turkish membership of the European Union' - Launch & discussion

Turkey in Europe

Wed 5 November 2008, 6.00-7.30pm

Date: Wed 5 November 2008, 6.00-7.30pm

Venue: Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House, Houses of Parliament, Victoria Embankment, London SW1A 2LW


Peter Luff MP, Chairman, Business & Enterprise Select Committee

John Peet, Europe Editor, The Economist

Roland Rudd, Chairman, Business for New Europe

Serra Kaleli, First Counsellor, Embassy of the Republic of Turkey in London

Chair: Bob Laxton MP, Chair, All-Party British-Turkish Parliamentary Group

The Foreign Policy Centre, in partnership with Business for New Europe, launched a new pamphlet on 5 November that sets out a clear economic and business case for Turkish membership of the European Union. The event was timed to coincide with the release of the EU's report on progress accession and provided an opportunity to debate Turkey's progress towards accession, the challenges it still faces and the important economic and political linkages Turkey and the EU share.

The pamphlet, edited by Adam Hug at the Foreign Policy Centre, contains contributions from: Rt Hon David Miliband MP, Rt Hon William Hague MP, Commissioner Olli Rehn, Roland Rudd (Chairman, Business for New Europe) Dr Mehmet Ugur (University of Greenwich), Prof Refik Erzan (Bogazici University), Dr Bahadir Kaleagasi (TUSIAD, the Turkish business association), Sir Julian Horn Smith, (UK Co-Chair, Turkish British Business Council) and Dr Gareth Winrow (formerly of Istanbul Bilgi University).

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