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EU-Turkey relations in the light of the refugee crisis

Foreign affairs and security policy

CEPS Conference room
Place du Congrès 1 - 1000 Brussels

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CEPS Event

EU-Turkey relations in the light of the refugee crisis


Faced with internal divisions regarding the management of an ongoing refugee crisis which has exposed the EU’s vital social and security concerns, Member States have tried  to outsource part of the problem to neighbouring countries.

Turkey's support has been deemed crucial in this regard, irrespective of growing concerns about its democratic credentials. Ankara has not hidden the fact that it has tried to maximize its own interests vis-à-vis the EU.

Formally speaking, EU-Turkey relations have been boosted as a result of protracted negotiations. But what was does this mean in practice, both in terms of managing the refugee crisis, dispute settlement in the region and for the future of EU-Turkey relations?

Steven Blockmans Steven Blockmans
Steven Blockmans

Director of Research

Speakers list
H.E. Selim Yenel

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Turkey in Brussels

Iverna McGowan

Director of Amnesty International's Brussels Office (tbc)

Patrick Paquet

Deputy Head of Turkey Unit, DG NEAR, European Commission