TPQ Roundtable: “Differing Visions for Turkey-EU Engagement”

Location: Netherlands Consulate at the Palais de Hollande, Istanbul

Date:  9 October 2018


In conjunction with the Spring 2018 Issue of Turkish Policy Quarterly (TPQ) on “Differing Visions for Turkey-EU engagement,” TPQ is holding an in-depth discussion on the prospect of a reset between Brussels and Ankara and the conditions that need to be met. Discussion topics will include key issues on the agenda: visa exemption for Turkish citizens, updating the Customs Union, security cooperation, and maintaining a constructive dialogue on Turkey’s reform agenda. This roundtable will be hosted by the Netherlands Consulate at the Palais de Hollande in Istanbul.


5:00-5:30pm – Registration

5:30-5:40pm – Opening Remarks

5:40-7:00pm – Panel Presentation

7:00-7:30pm – Open Discussion and Q&A

Marjanne de Kwaasteniet, Newly Appointed Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Turkey


Gül Günver Turan, President, Turkey-European Union Association


Metin Gürcan, Researcher, Istanbul Policy Center

Zümrüt İmamoğlu, Chief Economist, TÜSİAD

Ayhan Zeytinoğlu, President, Economic Development Foundation

Samuel Vesterbye, Managing Director of the European Neighbourhood Council (ENC)

The roundtable discussion will be held in English. After brief presentations by the panelists, the 50-55 participants – including decision makers, opinion leaders, businesspeople, journalists, and academics – will be invited to engage in a lively discussion. A press bulletin will be released following the meeting. The event will be recorded on video, which will be uploaded to TPQ’s website and YouTube channel. A detailed analysis of the roundtable discussion will also be published in an upcoming issue of TPQ. Since 2002, TPQ has held 35 roundtable discussions. Information from our previous roundtables can be found at: Media coverage of past roundtables of TPQ events can be accessed at: