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Membership status

Candidate country


In 1987, Turkey applied to join what was then the European Economic Community, and in 1997 it was declared eligible to join the EU.

Turkey's involvement with European integration dates back to 1959 and includes the Ankara Association Agreement (1963) for the progressive establishment of a Customs Union (ultimately set up in 1995).

Accession negotiationspdf Choose translations of the previous link  started in 2005, but until Turkey agrees to apply the Additional Protocol of the Ankara Association Agreement to Cyprus, eight negotiation chapters will not be opened and no chapter will be provisionally closed.

Negotiation chapters
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Free Movement of Capital
Company Law
Intellectual Property Law
Information Society and Media
Food Safety, Veterinary & Phytosanitary Policy
Enterprise & Industrial Policy
Trans-European Networks
Consumer & Health Protection
Financial Control
Regional policy & coordination of structural instruments

Science and Research

More information on the country's relations with the EU

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