The recent scholarly, political and public debates on EU–Turkey relations reflect the current deadlock in the accession process and are largely dominated by functional areas of cooperation such as trade, migration and energy. In this alumni-driven project we want to bring back the civil society dimension into discussions on EU-Turkey relations.
For this purpose, a group of Mercator Alumni will organize two workshops to discuss what Turkish civil society organizations expect from the EU and the accession process with respect to democratization and fundamental rights and freedoms. What are the structural problems Turkish civil society currently faces? How can EU policies and (new) instruments be effective in supporting Turkish civil society and expanding civic space?
Please note: Interested Members of the Mercator Alumni Network were invited to take part and apply (see Call for Participants) . All available spots have been allocated.
Workshop 1: 16 February 2022 | 14.00-16.00 CET | DIGITAL The first workshop will be online and look at the possibilities of bringing Turkish civil society organizations back into EU-Turkey relations.