Turkey’s main contributions to the European Union

- Turkey will greatly contribute to the EU’s economic power on the global scene.
- With a population of 69 million, a GDP level of 445 billion euros (PPP), an export oriented economy and rapidly developing information society,
- Turkey’s accession will increase the size and competitiveness of the European internal market

- Growth in Turkey will have a positive effect on the EU economy.
- Turkey’s young, dynamic and entrepreneurial population and economy are large enough to generate growth both in Turkey and in an enlarged EU.

- Turkey’s large economy and potentials will be beneficial to European consumers.
- Elimination of technical and non-technical barriers to trade and adoption by Turkey of the EU legislation and standards are increasing the competitivity and the product quality in an enlarged Union.

- In addition to the existing customs union in industrial goods, liberalisation of services and public procurement markets will provide invaluable opportunities for European companies.
- With a services sector constituting 65% of its GDP and a public procurement market of over 30 billion euros,
- Turkey offers high potentials for European companies in development projects.

- After accession, European companies will benefit from higher rates of return on their foreign direct investment in Turkey.
- Given the country’s qualified labour force, high absorption capacity, tourism potentials and its location at the crossroads of Eurasian markets and energy networks,
- EU membership will boost the economy by attracting even more investments

Global politics:
- Turkey’s membership will be an invaluable asset for the EU in its global aspirations.
- Turkey’s geographical position, relations with the neighbouring countries and connection to the Balkans, Russia, Middle East and the Central Asia will endow the EU with greater influence in the international arena.

- Turkey’s membership will strengthen the EU’s multicultural society.
- It will be a solid confirmation refuting ‘clash of civilisations’ scenario and proving the universal essence of the EU, namely a union built upon and through common values.

- Improvements in the Greco-Turkish relations resulting from Turkey’s membership will provide further stability in the Aegean region and the Balkans.
- Greater stability and cooperation in the region have countless potentials for trade, energy, transport and environment projects.

- Turkey’s membership will promote and defend common European interests.
- As an EU member, Turkey will contribute further to democracy, peace and stability, as well as economic development, in the Mediterranean region, Balkans, Caucasus and Middle East.

- As a reliable NATO ally, Turkey’s membership will consolidate both the military and the civilian aspects of the Common Foreign and Security Policy.
- A European Union including Turkey will be more efficient in tackling political problems and crises among which threats from undemocratic regimes, terrorism, illegal immigration and trafficking in drugs, arms, human beings…