Turkish Association Agreement

The conditions for the application of the provisions of this Agreement relating to other areas to these territories shall be laid down subsequently by common accord between the Contracting Parties. The Ankara Agreement (association between the Republic of Turkey and the European Economic Community) is an agreement intended to pave the way for Turkey`s accession to the European Economic Community. The Association Agreement with Turkey provides rights for Turkish nationals and obliges the Ministry of the Interior to apply old and more generous rules to them. The UK Home Office`s initial practice of interpreting the agreement so that it applies only to those already in the UK was changed in 2009 to offer Turkish nationals the opportunity to apply for visas to travel to Britain under the conditions set out in the agreement. The Ankara agreement is not extended to Turkish nationals who entered Britain illegally. The Parties agree to establish a consultation procedure in order to ensure the coordination of their commercial policy towards third countries and mutual respect for their interests in this field, in particular in the event of subsequent accession of third countries to the Community or association with the Community. The modernised Free Trade Agreement BETWEEN EFTA and Turkey was signed on 25 June 2018 and covers trade in goods (industrial products, seafood and processed agricultural products), trade in services, protection of intellectual property rights, public procurement, competition, trade and sustainable development. In addition, the updated bilateral agricultural agreements between the various EFTA countries and Turkey continue to be part of the instruments for the creation of the free trade area. The Parties recognize that economic development, social development and environmental protection are interdependent. In Chapter 7, they reaffirm their commitment to multilateral environmental and labour agreements and principles and commit to maintaining the level of protection, while recognizing the right of each party to establish its own level of environmental and labour protection. Arbitration procedures shall not apply to this Chapter.

The agreement covers trade in industrial products, seafood and processed agricultural products. The transitional period ended on 1 January 1999. In addition, bilateral agricultural agreements have been concluded between the various EFTA States and Turkey, which are part of the instruments for the creation of the free trade area. Turkey first applied in July 1959 for associated membership of the European Economic Community (EEC), established in 1958. The EEC reacted by proposing the creation of an association as a transitional measure leading to full membership. .