23 November 2012 Lisbon, Portugal

An international conference entitled “Turkey-EU Relations at the Crossroads: Implications for Post Crisis Governance” was held in cooperation by Center for Strategic Research (SAM), Lisbon Lusiada University, and International Policy and Leadership Institute (IPLI) in Lisbon, Portugal on 23 November 2012.

The Turkish delegation was represented by Ambassador M.Haluk Ilıcak, Undersecretary for Ministry for EU Affairs; Mrs.Ebru Barutçu Gökdenizler Ambassador of Turkey to Lisbon; Dr.Tuncay Babalı, Ambassador of Turkey to Ottawa; Assoc.Prof. Mesut Özcan, Vice President of SAM; Assoc.Prof. Şaban Kardaş Counsellor for SAM, from TOBB ETÜ; Assoc.Prof. Şule Toktaş Öztürk from Kadir Has University in the conference hosted by Lisbon Lusiada University. Prof.Dr.Diamantino Durao, Dean of Lisbon Lusiada University; Prof.Dr. Carlos Motta, Director of the Faculty; Dr.Manuela Franco, Director of Instituto Diplomatico; Timothy Reno, Director of IPLI, several academicians and graduate students from Sciences Po (Paris) and Hertie School of Governance (Berlin) also attended the conference.

Ambassador M.Haluk Ilıcak, Undersecretary for Ministry for EU Affairs was the keynote speaker of the conference and three panels on the subjects of “Turkish Foreign Policy”, “Energy Security” and “The Current Status of the EU/Turkey Relations” were realized during the organization.

Turkey’s EU membership status and the negotiations, the financial crisis in the EU and Turkey’s developing economy, the visa requirements for the Turkish citizens despite the Customs Union, Turkey’s position regarding developments in the Middle East, Turkey’s relations with Africa, energy projects, Turkey’s indispensable “energy hub” position for the EU, EU’s dependence to Russia and the importance of Turkey’s EU membership in this regard were the topics discussed during the conference.

The event was attended by the students and they contributed to the discussion by their comments and questions. The conference served efficiently to the promotion of Turkey to the academic world and the young people from the EU countries.