Mounting challenges in EU-Turkey Relations: Defining Ways Forward

Hosted by MEP Ms. Frédérique Ries, Vice-Chair of the Renew Europe Group, on 20 November at the European Parliament

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This event yielded a constructive conversation between  EU policy-makers, academics, civil society, and human rights experts, on the current state of political and humanitarian affairs in Turkey, while simultaneously demonstrating the impact that these developments have on the EU. This event considered the risks and opportunities ahead in EU-Turkey relations, and reflected on how the EU could develop strategic and evidence-based policies to maximise its added-value as a regional actor. 

The conference was moderated by Ambassador Marc Otte, BIC President and Belgium Special Envoy for Syria.

Keynote Speakers:

  • • Mr. Kim Freidberg, Director, RELEX Directorate Enlargement, Security, Civil Protection, Foreign Affairs - Council of the European Union
  • •  Mr. Calin-Ionut Ungur,  Deputy Head of Division EU-Turkey Relations - EEAS
  • •  Ms. Amanda Paul, Senior Policy Analyst, European Policy Centre
  • •  Mr. Can Dündar, Turkish Journalist, Columnist and Documentarian Recipient of the International Press Freedom Award