CONTRIBUTION OF THE CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE AND COMMODITY EXCHANGES TO TURKEY S ON-GOING EU ACCESSION PROCESS TOBB

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CONTRIBUTION OF THE CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE

AND COMMODITY EXCHANGES TO

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EUROCHAMBRES and TOBB 2014

CIVIL SOCIETY DIALOGUE

EU-TURKEY CHAMBERS FORUM II

CONTRIBUTION OF THE CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE

AND COMMODITY EXCHANGES TO

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Introduction

Part 1. Activities aimed at improving the knowledge of Turkish Chambers on EU legislation and policies

1.1. Surveys on the perspective of the business community towards EU-Turkey relations 1.2. The EU Training Programme and the database of Turkish experts on EU affairs 1.3. The EU acquis audit

Part 2. Activities aimed at enhancing the abilities of Turkish Chambers to generate value-added services to their members

2.1. EUROCHAMBRES Academies 2.2. Study visits in the EU

2.3. Partnerships between Chambers from Turkey and the EU

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of EU funded projects, to improve mutual knowledge and understanding between business communities both in the EU and in Turkey with the aim of improving the awareness of the opportunities and challenges of Turkey’s accession to the EU within both civil societies.

We are proud, today, to present you the outcomes of the second phase of the EU-Turkey Chambers Forum (ETCF II) which has been designed and implemented in this context.

We would like to stress that despite the often adverse political conditions in the EU-Turkey relationship during the three year implementation period of the project, the business community from both sides has shown a strong and constant interest in cooperating in the various ETCF II activities; thus insuring the success of the overall project. 63 Chambers Commodity Exchanges from all over Turkey and 46 Chambers from the EU have participated in at least one of the ETCF II activities.

The implementation of the different activities has, firstly, shown that the relations with Turkey are important for the EU business community and vice versa. In this context, it is important to better communicate on the massive mutual economic benefits brought by the implementation of the Customs Union between the EU and Turkey, as well as by Turkey’s accession process to the EU.

strong and deep economic integration, this relationship could be even stronger and deeper. It would be crucial to further untap the potential for trade and investment between Turkey and the EU by improving the business environment in Turkey, as well as better promoting the Turkish market in the EU, and vice versa.

Finally, the surveys carried out in the context of the project have highlighted that both business communities largely believe that Turkey will join the EU by 2023. It is therefore essential that companies from both sides are ready for Turkey’s accession whenever it happens. Turkish companies should intensify their efforts to successfully adapt to and comply with acquis requirements so that they can be competitive in an enlarged Europe.

Chambers/commodity exchanges have a central role to play in meeting these challenges. We, in EUROCHAMBRES and TOBB, will continue to support in a very practical manner our members in assisting Turkish companies in their economic integration process and companies from both sides in maximising business opportunities in the other market.

In these challenging times, we strongly believe that the business community can contribute to re-energise the EU-Turkey relationship.

Richard Weber

President of EUROCHAMBRES

M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu President of TOBB

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1. Adana Chamber of Commerce

2. Aegean Region Chamber of Industry

3. Ankara Chamber of Industry

4. Antalya Chamber of Commerce and Industry

5. Bandırma Chamber of Commerce

6. Bursa Chamber of Commerce and Industry

7. Çorlu Chamber of Commerce and Industry

8. Diyarbakır Chamber of Commerce and Industry

9. Edirne Chamber of Commerce and Industry

10. Eskişehir Chamber of Commerce

11. Giresun Chamber of Commerce and Industry

12. Istanbul Chamber of Commerce

13. Istanbul Chamber of Industry

14. Kayseri Chamber of Industry

15. Kocaeli Chamber of Commerce

16. Manisa Chamber of Commerce and Industry

17. Mersin Chamber of Commerce and Industry

18. Nevşehir Chamber of Commerce and Industry

19. Nizip Chamber of Commerce

20. Ordu Chamber of Commerce and Industry

21. Samsun Chamber of Commerce and Industry

22. Sivas Chamber of Commerce and Industry

23. Tavşanlı Chamber of Commerce and Industry

24. Trabzon Chamber of Commerce and Industry

TURKISH CHAMBERS IN

ACQUIS

AUDIT

4. Antalya Chamber of Commerce and Industry

5. Balıkesir Chamber of Commerce

6. Balıkesir Chamber of Industry

7. Bandırma Chamber of Commerce

8. Bursa Chamber of Commerce and Industry

9. Çankiri Chamber of Commerce and Industry

10. Çorum Chamber of Commerce and Industry

11. Denizli Chamber of Industry

12. Düzce Chamber of Commerce and Industry

13. Erzincan Commodity Exchange

14. Eskişehir Chamber of Industry

15. Fatsa Chamber of Commerce and Industry

16. Giresun Chamber of Commerce and Industry

17. Isparta Chamber of Commerce and Industry

21. Kocaeli Chamber of Commerce

22. Konya Chamber of Industry

23. Konya Commodity Exchange

24. Nazilli Chamber of Commerce

25. Nizip Chamber of Commerce

26. Sakarya Commodity Exchange

27. Samsun Chamber of Commerce and Industry

28. Şanlıurfa Chamber of Commerce and Industry

29. Tarsus Chamber of Commerce and Industry

30. Tavşanlı Chamber of Commerce and Industry

31. Trabzon Chamber of Commerce and Industry

32. Turkish Chamber of Shipping (IMEAK)

33. Yalova Chamber of Commerce and Industry

34. Yozgat Chamber of Commerce and Industry

1. Aegean Region Chamber of Industry

2. Ankara Chamber of Industry

3. Antalya Chamber of Commerce and Industry

4. Bandırma Chamber of Commerce

5. Bursa Chamber of Commerce and Industry

6. Denizli Chamber of Industry

7. Eskişehir Chamber of Commerce

8. Fethiye Chamber of Commerce and Industry

9. Gaziantep Chamber of Commerce and Industry

10. Gönen Chamber of Commerce

11. Istanbul Chamber of Commerce

12. Şanlıurfa Chamber of Commerce and Industry

13. Trabzon Chamber of Commerce and Industry

14. Uzunköprü Commodity Exchange

15. Yozgat Chamber of Commerce and Industry

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1. Afyonkarahisar Chamber of Commerce and Industry

2. Alanya Chamber of Commerce and Industry

3. Batman Chamber of Commerce and Industry

4. Çaycuma Chamber of Commerce and Industry

5. Diyarbakir Chamber of Commerce and Industry 6. Eskişehir Chamber of Industry

7. Haymana Commodity Exchange

8. Kayseri Chamber of Industry

9. Konya Chamber of Industry

10. Mersin Chamber of Commerce and Industry

11. Şanliurfa Chamber of Commerce and Industry 12. Tekirdağ Chamber of Commerce and Industry

13. Tekirdağ Commodity Exchange

14. Trabzon Chamber of Commerce and Industry

15. Trabzon Commodity Exchange

16. Turkish Chamber of Shipping (IMEAK)

17. Uşak Chamber of Commerce and Industry

18. Uzunköprü Commodity Exchange

19. Yozgat Chamber of Commerce and Industry

TURKISH LEADERS OF PARTNERSHIP PROJECTS*

4. Alanya Chamber of Commerce and Industry

5. Aliağa Chamber of Commerce

6. Ankara Chamber of Industry

7. Antalya Chamber of Commerce and Industry

8. Balıkesir Commodity Exchange

9. Bandırma Chamber of Commerce

10. Bursa Chamber of Commerce and Industry

11. Çorlu Chamber of Commerce and Industry

12. Çorum Chamber of Commerce and Industry

13. Denizli Chamber of Industry

14. Diyarbakir Chamber of Commerce and Industry

15. Düzce Chamber of Commerce and Industry

16. Edirne Chamber of Commerce and Industry

17. Erzincan Commodity Exchange

18. Eskişehir Chamber of Commerce

19. Eskişehir Chamber of Industry

20. Fatsa Commodity Exchange

21. Gaziantep Chamber of Industry

22. Giresun Chamber of Commerce and Industry

23. İnegol Chamber of Commerce and Industry

27. İzmir Commodity Exchange

28. Karaman Commodity Exchange

29. Kayseri Chamber of Industry

30. Kocaeli Chamber of Commerce

31. Kocaeli Chamber of Industry

32. Konya Chamber of Commerce

33. Konya Commodity Exchange

34. Kuşadası Chamber of Commerce

35. Marmaris Chamber of Commerce

36. Mersin Chamber of Commerce and Industry

37. Mersin Commodity Exchange

38. Nazilli Chamber of Commerce

39. Rize Commodity Exchange

40. Sakarya Commodity Exchange

41. Samsun Chamber of Commerce and Industry

42. Susurluk Chamber of Commerce

43. Tavşanlı Chamber of Commerce and Industry

44. Tosya Chamber of Commerce and Industry

45. Trabzon Chamber of Commerce and Industry

46. Yalova Chamber of Commerce and Industry

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n the framework of the ETCF II project, two detailed and unique surveys were conducted among Turkish and EU companies on their perspective towards EU-Turkey relations.

Not only the results of both surveys highlighted the strong mutual interest of both business communities in deepening their relations and in improving their mutual understanding, but they stressed that more than half of the companies both in the EU and in Turkey believe that Turkey will be a member of the EU by 2023.

n The Survey among Turkish companies on “Corporate preparations in Turkey for EU membership”

The second edition of this survey provides, five years after the first edition, an assessment of the awareness and readiness of Turkish enterprises to comply with the EU acquis, as well as of their opinion on EU accession.

More than 3,700 Turkish companies from all regions, size and sectors, participated in the survey, allowing the report to provide representative insights into the development of attitudes and expectations of the Turkish business community in view of Turkey’s EU accession.

The most striking finding is that Turkish companies remain strong supporters of Turkey’s accession to the EU. Like in 2008, three quarters of the surveyed companies are in favour of joining the EU. The survey also highlights that since the first edition of the survey, participating Turkish companies are not only more familiar with the accession negotiation process (23% against 17% in 2008) and the EU acquis (45% against 39% in 2008), but they are more interested in acquiring information on the EU business related acquis. It’s however important to stress that this knowledge remains still at a relatively low level. Companies are not yet fully aware about the true challenges of complying with the acquis. The lack of EU-related information seems to coincide with a lack of exploitation of available information.

Finally, the survey results stress that 78% of Turkish companies reported to have already started preparations to comply with the EU acquis, which represents a slight improvement since 2008 (84%).

n The survey among European companies on “EU -Turkey relations: perspectives from the European business community”

A mirror survey was also launched among European companies. The survey carried out among 1,700 companies from all over the EU, provided insight into the perspectives of European companies towards Turkey, both from a business and enlargement angle. The survey results revealed that European companies do not feel properly informed about both the Turkish market and Turkey’s EU accession process.

However, they have expressed a fairly high level of interest in Turkey both from a trade and enlargement angle.

In addition, the majority of the participating companies considered that even if the Customs Union has overall been successful, it should still be improved.

The survey also confirmed that European companies are divided regarding the impact of Turkey’s potential EU membership on their company, but also on the whole society. However, almost three quarters of European companies (72%) believe that Turkey will join the European Union one day, among which more than half believe it will happen by 2023.

The large dissemination of both surveys among the policy-makers, business community and the press both in the EU and in Turkey largely contributed to enhance the debate on Turkey’s EU membership.

The findings of the 2 surveys were supported by the results of the acquis audit activity.

1.1. SURVEYS ON THE PERSPECTIVE

OF THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY

TOWARDS EU-TURKEY RELATIONS

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A conference on “EU-Turkey Relations: Perspectives from the business community” was held in Brussels on 10 April 2014 to present the results of the surveys. Mr Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Turkish Minister for EU affairs, Mr M. Rifat Hısarcıklıoğlu, Deputy President of EUROCHAMBRES and President of TOBB and Mr Arnaldo Abruzzini, Secretary General of EUROCHAMBRES participated in this high-level event. Following the presentation of the surveys, Ms Alexandra Cas Granje, Director for Turkey, Montenegro, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Iceland in DG Enlargement (European Commission), Mr Cveto Stantič, Member of European Economic and Social Committee and Co-President of the Turkey-EU Joint Consultative Committee, Mr Markus Stock, Head of EU Office, Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKÖ), as well as Ms Pınar Eczacıbaşı, Managing Partner GP Trust, Chairwoman Turkish-Belgium Business Council- DEIK, Chair- Strategic Network -IVCI (Istanbul Venture Capital İnitiative) and Mr Jan Mortier, Commercial Director, Sioen Industries Coating Division participated in a fruitful and lively discussion on the main findings of the surveys. About 80 representatives from EU institutions, the Mission of Turkey to the EU, Turkish and European press and business representatives from the EU and Turkey participated in the conference.

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ARE YOU IN FAVOR OF JOINING THE EU? Yes 75% No 20% Do not know 5% In more than 15 years 13% Never

28% In less than 10 years 32%

10 years later 19% 15 years later

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WHEN WILL TURKEY JOIN THE EU? TURKEY’S EU MEMBERSHIP WOULD BRING... (1)

For your company 30%

30%

19% 21%

Do not have an opinion

A balance between benefits and challenges Mainly challenges Mainly benefits Generally speaking 20% 31% 27% 22%

WHEN WILL TURKEY BE IN POSITION TO JOIN THE EU?

15 years later in more than 15 years

Never Do not know In less than 10 years

10 years later 37% 18% 8% 9% 12% 16%

SURVEY AMONG EUROPEAN COMPANIES

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Further to the success of the first edition of the EU Training Programme implemented in 2009 in the context of the first phase of the EU-Turkey Chambers Forum, a new cycle of training seminars on EU affairs for Turkish Chamber executives was launched under ETCF II.

The second edition of the Survey on “Corporate preparations in Turkey for EU membership” highligthed not only that the level of awareness of Turkish companies on the EU legislation and the EU accession process remains low but that the Chamber network is still considered by Turkish companies as the primary source of information on EU affairs.

To meet the expectations and needs of the companies, it is therefore essential to further develop the expertise in EU affairs within the Turkish Chamber network so that Chambers and Commmodity exchanges continue to develop and improve their services on EU affairs to their members.

This second edition of the EU Training Programme implemented by EUROCHAMBRES and TOBB in association with the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara (Jean Monnet Center of Excellence), aimed at strengthening the capacity of the Turkish Chambers and Commodity Exchanges with regards to the EU affairs and at ensuring synergies between providers of EU-related information

The programme was organised in the Middle East Technical University - CES METU premises in Ankara.

This new edition of the Programme was even more focused on the needs of Turkish businesses. Two levels were proposed to the Chamber executives: a basic Level for Chamber Executives without any background on EU affairs and an Advanced Level for Executives

with experience in EU affairs but who needed to improve and update it. 20 scholars participated in each level.

Programme courses were given in the form of 6 intensive and compulsory seminars for both levels, organised on a monthly basis over a period of two to four consecutive days from October 2012 to April 2013. The courses focused on the practical implications of European integration for the Turkish business community. The Faculty included experienced course leaders from extremely diverse backgrounds: academicians, representatives from the European Institutions, from Turkish Ministries and relevant public institutions, as well as experts from the Chamber network.

The Programme was a unique opportunity for the participants to acquire a practical understanding of the functioning of the EU, the most effective way to influence EU policy-making and decision making process, as well as a deep knowledge on different EU topics of particular interest for Turkish businesses. They were also able to develop their network with EU practitioners.

Following the successful completion of the Programme (written paper and oral test), participants were awarded with a certificate provided by METU and were included in the ETCF EU expert data base (see box bellow). The participants are recognised as EU experts, contact points on EU affairs within the Turkish Chamber network.

1.2. THE EU TRAINING PROGRAMME

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MODULE 1

Entrance Level: Introductory Module Advanced Level:EU - Turkey Relations Latest Developments in the EU and in

MODULE 2

Entrance Level: Customs Union (part 1): Competition, Trade, Taxation and Customs

Advanced Level: Improve your access to the EU (part 1): Advocacy, Access to EU information, EU Statistics

MODULE 3

Entrance Level: Customs Union (part 2): Free Movement of Goods, Services and Capital

Advanced Level: Improve your access to the EU (part 2): EU Budget, Public Procurement and EU Funding

MODULE 4

Entrance Level: Enterprise Policy and Innovation Advanced Level:Regional Competitiveness Enterprise, Industrial and Innovation Policy /

MODULE 5

Entrance Level: Social Policy, Employment, Free Movement of

Workers, Health and Safety at Work Advanced Level: Trade

MODULE 6

Entrance Level: Agriculture and Rural Development, Food

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PARTICIPANTS IN THE ENTRANCE LEVEL

Arzu YILMAZ Afyonkarahisar Chamber of Commerce and Industry Ayşegül KİRAZ Denizli Chamber of Industry

Bilgen AKMERMER Trabzon Chamber of Commerce and Industry Emre ÇOĞULU EBSO (Izmir) - Aegean Region Chamber of Industry Esat BİLİCİ Konya Commodity Exchange

Esma DENİZ Samsun Chamber of Commerce and Industry Fatih SARIKAYA Nazilli Chamber of Commerce

Fuat ÇAMURCU Erzincan Commodity Exchange Hakkı Zakir İPEK Bandırma Chamber of Commerce Ismail ÖZTÜRK Eskişehir Chamber of Industry

Nimet İNCE Şanlıurfa Chamber of Commerce and Industry Ömer DİLER Kocaeli Chamber of Commerce

Enes ŞENOL Kayseri Chamber of Industry Özlem KILIÇ Istanbul Chamber of Commerce Perihan Ezgi KORKMAZ Izmir Commodity Exchange

Rasim SARI Tarsus Chamber of Commerce and Industry Rasim ÇELİK Konya Chamber of Industry

Serdar KAYMAK Çankırı Chamber of Commerce and Industry Sezin YILMAZ Çorum Chamber of Commerce and Industry Tuncay YÜKSEL Düzce Chamber of Commerce and Industry

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PARTICIPANTS IN THE ADVANCED LEVEL

Alev ÖZPOLAT Nizip Chamber of Commerce

Ali ŞENOL Isparta Chamber of Commerce and Industry Ali Haydar OLCAYTO Antalya Chamber of Commerce and Industry Berna ÖVÜL Adana Chamber of Commerce

Cansun ÖZDÜLGER Denizli Chamber of Industry

Emir DİNÇER Bursa Chamber of Commerce and Industry Erdoğan DUR Balıkesir Chamber of Commerce

Fatih NACAK Fatsa Chamber of Commerce and Industry Hande GÜNGÖRÜR Yalova Chamber of Commerce and Industry Hande GÜNEYKAYA AKPINAR IMEAK (Ist.) - Turkish Chamber of Shipping Hasan Hüseyin ÇAKMAK Tavşanlı Chamber of Commerce and Industry Hüseyin ERGUN Konya Commodity Exchange

Ibrahim ATİKSOY Giresun Chamber of Commerce and Industry Omer ÇATAL Isparta Chamber of Commerce and Industry Murat ZEYBEL Çorum Chamber of Commerce and Industry Onur TOPÇU Balıkesir Chamber of Industry

Timur YILDIZ Yozgat Chamber of Commerce and Industry Tolga GÖKŞEN Kayseri Chamber of Industry

Tuba KOBAŞ Istanbul Chamber of Commerce

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ince Turkey’s accession process to the EU is still ongoing and Turkish business community is recognized as a key player in the EU enlargement process, the Chambers have a considerable responsibility to support their members in this integration period. The EU Training Program was a great opportunity for me to gain practical understanding of the EU working mechanism and develop network with EU experts and Chamber executives from all over Turkey. The information and network, which I obtained during the training, will always be useful in my professional career and for the vision of my Chamber.

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uring the EU Enlargement Process, the Chambers and Commodity Exchanges in Turkey play a vital role in order to inform the business community on the EU legislation. The Advanced Level of the EU Training Programme which is the first of its kind that lasted 7 months and was delivered by distinguished experts and combined both academic and practical approaches. One of the major benefits of the intensive EU Training Programme is the networking opportunity for the participants with the colleagues from Turkey and with the EU experts. Besides, the Chambers which took part in the programme are recognised as contact points on EU affairs. It has been my honour and privilege to participate in the Advanced Level of the EU Training Programme. I would like to thank all the people involved in it.

İsmail Öztürk

Foreign Relations Expert Eskişehir Chamber of Industry

Dinçer EMİR

Foreign Economic Relations Manager Bursa Chamber of Commerce and Industry

A database of Turkish Chambers experts on EU legislation had been developed in the first phase of EU-Turkey Chambers Forum. It includes in particular the EU Training Programmes speakers and participants. The graduates of the second edition of the EU Training Programme have been added to the database. The database is available to the Chamber network and the wider public as a recognised source of information for EU affairs on the ETCF website (www.etcf.org.tr), on TOBB’s website (www.tobb.org.tr) and on EUROCHAMBRES’ website. The database will be regularly updated.

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Thanks to the EU acquis audit not only the level of awareness of Turkish Chambers and companies on relevant EU legislation in the 6 specific sectors has improved, but also the participating Chambers have now the capacity to continue to perform such audits independently to the project.

242 Turkish companies were audited on their compliance with EU regulations on 6 specific topics: environment, consumer

protection, health and safety at work, foodstuff, chemicals and products requiring CE marking. The acquis audits were carried out by 24 Turkish Chamber experts who had been trained and assisted through the whole process by four experts from EU Chambers. A report based on the results of the acquis audit was published, providing a comprehensive overview of the level of acquis compliance of Turkish companies on the 6 acquis chapters.

The four EU acquis audit experts developed a diagnostic toolkit including detailed checklists translating relevant EU legislation into a series of questions that the companies answered and the auditors verified. The toolkit also provided the companies with an overview of what they need to comply with to be fully “EU fit”.

The EU acquis audit experts trained, in February 2012, 24 Turkish Chamber executives on relevant acquis provisions and on how to use the diagnostic toolkit.

They participated in the first company visit of each Turkish expert and assisted the Turkish experts throughout the whole activity. They finally contributed to the acquis audit final report.

The EU acquis audit experts were:

n Antonija Bozic Cerar, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia, responsible for the EU acquis audit on environment.

n Christian Mandl, Austrian Economic Chamber (WKÖ), responsible for the EU acquis audits on health and safety at work and consumer protection.

n Markus Stock, Austrian Economic Chamber (WKÖ) responsible for the EU acquis audit on products covered by the New Approach providing for CE marking.

n Luc Van Looveren, Antwerp-Waasland Chamber of Commerce and Industry, responsible for the EU acquis audits on foodstuff and chemicals.

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TURKISH ACQUIS AUDIT EXPERTS

İbrahim Burçin Teymen Adana Chamber of Commerce

Eylem Türker Antalya Chamber of Commerce And Industry Hakkı Zakir İpek Bandırma Chamber of Commerce

Ceren Kılıçaslan Bursa Chamber of Commerce And Industry Mehmet Nezir Güneş Diyarbakır Chamber of Commerce And Industry Melike Tatlı Edirne Chamber of Commerce And Industry Pınar Alper Aegean Region Chamber of Industry Okan Taşkın Eskişehir Chamber of Commerce

İbrahim Atiksoy Giresun Chamber of Commerce And Industry Fulya Aybars Kurt Mersin Chamber of Commerce And Industry Tolga Gökşen Kayseri Chamber of Industry

Ömer Diler Kocaeli Chamber of Commerce

Alper Karanfilci Manisa Chamber of Commerce And Industry Hasan Hüseyin Çakmak Tavşanlı Chamber of Commerce And Industry Zeynep Cicek Trabzon Chamber of Commerce And Industry Mutlu Türkoğlu Sivas Chamber of Commerce And Industry Alper Abca Ordu Chamber of Commerce And Industry Veysel Donmaz Nevşehir Chamber of Commerce And Industry Fulya Tunca Ankara Chamber of Industry

Alev Özpolat Nizip Chamber of Commerce

Oğuz Sandıkçı Samsun Chamber of Commerce And Industry Hande Nur Sucukçu Çorlu Chamber of Commerce And Industry Yasin Uygur Istanbul Chamber of Commerce

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uring ETCF II acquis audit activity, I audited 11 companies which are registered in our Chamber on their acquis compliance. In this respect, awareness of our member companies relating to implementation of EU acquis increased. We have contributed to increase their levels of information on these issues via an analytical study to measure the level of compliance in both their own activity field and environment, occupational health and safety, product certification areas. We were trained by 4 valuable specialists from EU Chambers for 4 days. Besides training on the EU acquis on 6 sectors that are determined before, we learned how to get information, and how we should guide our member companies on implementation of the EU acquis. I did audits to 11 companies which are active in the machinery, food and chemical industries. After the audits, I presented a summary report about EU laws related to their activity fields to the companies.

Pınar Alper

Chief of International Relations Aegean Region Chamber of Industry

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GENERATE VALUE-ADDED SERVICES TO

THEIR MEMBERS

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Since the first EUROCHAMBRES Academy in 1998, more than 1500 Chamber executives from all over Europe and beyond have participated in this high quality development programme exclusively designed for the Chambers’ middle and senior management and enhanced their management skills, as well as improved the services offered to their member businesses. The Academy is, above all, a unique opportunity to discuss the new trends in the management of the Chambers of Commerce, to identify best practices and to strike up privileged contacts with colleagues from the EU and beyond.

In the context of the ETCF II project, 16 scholarships were provided to Turkish Chamber executives. 8 executives participated in the specialized EUROCHAMBRES International Trade Academy in France in January 2012 and 8 executives in the Autumn Academy on Chamber core issues in Belgium in November 2012.

The 2012 Trade Academy focused exclusively on international trade and globalisation, in a stimulating, interactive and European environment, including 15 hours of courses and visits to World Trade

Organization in Geneva and to Geneva Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The 2012 Autumn Academy focused on Chamber general management and services specifically designed for senior executives from Chambers of Commerce and similar organisations. The courses were enriched with Chamber success stories and SWOT analysis.

In both Academies, the sessions were presented by experienced course leaders coming from various backgrounds such as Chamber experts, consultants and academics.

The Turkish participants received a certificate and were integrated in the EUROCHAMBRES Academy Alumni network, allowing them to establish and maintain contacts with their peers, exchange information, find partners for a project etc.

2.1. EUROCHAMBERS ACADEMIES

SCHOLARS OF THE ACADEMIES

EUROCHAMBRES Trade Academy 2012 (30 January-3 February 2012, Menthon Saint Bernard,

France)

Bilgen Akmermer Trabzon Chamber of Commerce and Industry Selim Ciltepe Gönen Chamber of Commerce

Nimet İnce Şanlıurfa Chamber of Commerce and Industry Hakki Zakir Ipek Bandırma Chamber of Commerce

Tuba Kobas Istanbul Chamber of Commerce Figen Çeliktürk Gaziantep Chamber of Commerce

Burcu Topkaya Antalya Chamber of Commerce and Industry Mustafa Kușçu Eskişehir Chamber of Commerce

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t was a pleasure to meet participants representing various Chambers from all over Europe in the context of EUROCHAMBRES Autumn Academy which took place in Brussels. Academy created a great opportunity for networking and was an extremely efficient environment to share practical experience with each participant. I strongly believe that the interesting content of the Academy enabled me to bring new dimensions to my present actions, works and projects in my Chamber, Fethiye Chamber of Commerce and Industry. I would like to take this occasion to thank EUROCHAMBRES and TOBB and their organization team for giving me the opportunity to take part in such a platform, which will guide me in my career for many years.

Meltem Şimşek

R&D and International Relations Department Fethiye Chamber of Commerce and Industry

SCHOLARS OF THE ACADEMIES

EUROCHAMBRES Autumn Academy 2012 (21-23 November 2012, Brussels, Belgium)

Timur Yıldız Yozgat Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Ayşegül Kiraz Denizli Chamber of Industry Emre Çoğulu Aegean Region Chamber of Industry Suat Balaban Ankara Chamber of Industry Aysun Küçükyılmazlar Istanbul Chamber of Commerce

Müşerref Meltem Şimşek Fethiye Chamber of Commerce and Industry Sevil Doğrugüven Uzunköprü Commodity Exchange

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One of the new activities introduced in the second phase of ETCF was the Study Visits organised in the EU Member States. In total 58 Turkish Chamber executives participated in these study visits. The aim of the visits was twofold:

n To increase the institutional capacity of Turkish Chambers.

nTo enhance the understanding and knowledge on Turkey within

the European business community, the Turkish market and its opportunities, the main problems faced by Turkish businesses to adapt to EU requirements, the main areas for future cooperation etc.

The 3 to 5 day visits were a combination of presentations at the hosting Chambers on the specific topic and on related services provided by the Chambers in this field, visits to relevant institutions and networking events where Turkish participants were able to present their Chambers/Commodity Exchanges and their regions.

The visits also provided great opportunities for intensive networking between Turkish Chambers and their EU counterparts, but also relevant public and private institutions and local business communities.

THE FOUR STUDY VISITS WERE ORGANISED BY:

n Belgian Chambers on “International marketing of agro-food”

in March 2012;

n The Austrian Chamber of Economy (WKÖ) on “Vocational

training and internationalisation” in June 2012;

n Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Seine & Marne

Chamber of Commerce and Industry on “Development of

SMEs: supports provided in the creation/development of the companies, as well as in transfer of businesses” in November 2012;

n The Polish Chamber of Commerce on “Innovation and

internationalisation” in September 2013.

2.2. STUDY VISITS

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PARTICIPANTS IN THE STUDY VISITS

“Vocational training and internationalisation” – AUSTRIA

Buğra Kahraman Trabzon Chamber of Commerce and Industry Bülent Uygun Denizli Chamber of Industry

Elif Bilgisu Kocaeli Chamber of Industry

Berna Öztürk Çaral Bursa Chamber of Commerce and Industry Eylem Miray Apak Marmaris Chamber of Commerce

Hakan Çoban Istanbul Chamber of Industry

İbrahim Atiksoy Giresun Chamber of Commerce and Industry İbrahim Karagöz Çorlu Chamber of Commerce and Industry Levent Narin Aegean Region Chamber of Industry Nazli Üstün Konya Chamber of Commerce

PARTICIPANTS IN THE STUDY VISITS

“International marketing of agro-food” - BELGIUM

Hakki Zakir Ipek Bandırma Chamber of Commerce

Yiğit Ateş Sakarya Chamber of Commerce and Industry Perihan Ezgi Korkmaz Izmir Commodity Exchange

Harun Fatih Fındık Karaman Commodity Exchange Sertaç Girgin Balıkesir Commodity Exchange Müge Bek Adana Commodity Exchange

Ezgi Yilmaz Güha Bursa Chamber of Commerce and Industry Esat Bilici Konya Commodity Exchange

Fatih Sarıkaya Nazilli Chamber of Commerce Fuat Çamurcu Erzincan Commodity Exchange

Ömer Çatal Isparta Chamber of Commerce and Industry Hasan Önder Rize Commodity Exchange

Zeynep Türkcan Antalya Chamber of Commerce and Industry Meltem Duran Istanbul Chamber of Commerce

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PARTICIPANTS IN THE STUDY VISITS

“Innovation and internationalisation” – POLAND

Hasan Hüseyin Çakmak Tavşanlı Chamber of Commerce and Industry İsmail Öztürk Eskişehir Chamber of Industry

Arda Genç Eskişehir Chamber of Commerce

Hande Güngörür Yalova Chamber of Commerce and Industry Zeki Mert Barut Trabzon Chamber of Commerce and Industry Esma Deniz Samsun Chamber of Commerce and Industry Cem Emre Memiş İstanbul Chamber of Industry

Yavuz Cabbar Ankara Chamber of Industry

Ömer İşgören Antalya Chamber of Commerce and Industry Ertuğrul Ergi Tosya Chamber of Commerce and Industry Raif Okutucu Mersin Commodity Exchange

Mehmet Nezir Güneş Diyarbakir Chamber of Commerce and Industry Ömer Diler Kocaeli Chamber of Commerce

PARTICIPANTS IN THE STUDY VISITS

“Development of SMEs: supports provided in the creation/development of the companies, as well

as in transfer of businesses” - FRANCE

Ali Şenol Isparta Chamber of Commerce and Industry Aylin Tümay Antalya Chamber of Commerce and Industry Burhan Sezer Kuşadası Chamber of Commerce

Ezgi Arslan Istanbul Chamber of Industry

Fulya Melisa Aybars Kurt Mersin Chamber of Commerce and Industry Gülhan Özdemir Adana Chamber of Industry

Hakan Ateşli Fatsa Commodity Exchange Kürşat Goncu Gaziantep Chamber of Industry

Melike Tatlı Edirne Chamber of Commerce and Industry Mert Özcömert Istanbul Chamber of Commerce

Ömer Gül Aliağa Chamber of Commerce Suat Balaban Ankara Chamber of Industry Yücel Sarı Susurluk Chamber of Commerce

Zehra Kanmaz Alanya Chamber of Commerce and Industry Murat Zeybel Çorum Chamber of Commerce and Industry

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The ETCF II partnerships were based on the experience and success of the partnerships implemented by EUROCHAMBRES and TOBB since 2001. 43 partnerships were implemented in the context of the two phases of the Turkish Chamber Development Programme project (TCDP) and the first phase of the ETCF project.

Further to the launch of the call for proposals by the Central Finance and Contract Unit (CFCU) in Ankara at the end of December 2011, the Chamber network was informed of this new opportunity for cooperation through an intensive information campaign led by EUROCHAMBRES and TOBB. In January 2012, 200 Chambers from Turkey and the EU participated in the Information Day organised by TOBB and EUROCHAMBRES in Ankara, illustrating the huge interest from both sides.

As a result of the evaluation process, 21 partnerships between Turkish and European Chambers were selected. The implementation

process started on 4th December 2012. The majority of the

partnerships lasted one year.

The overall objective of the ETCF II partnerships was to strengthen mutual knowledge and understanding between Turkish Chambers and their counterparts in the EU, thus promoting the integration of European and Turkish business communities and ensuring a stronger awareness of the opportunities and challenges of Turkey’s future accession to the EU in both Turkey and in the EU.

The specific objectives of the grant scheme were:

n To obtain adequate knowledge on core chamber issues

(management, services, communication);

n To increase understanding of the EU business practices in Turkey

and of Turkish business practises in the EU;

n To foster opportunities for trade and investment.

The 21 partnerships involved 70 Chambers from Turkey (39) and the EU (31).

The partnership themes varied from traditional capacity building to vocational training, environmental policy, agriculture, internationalisation of enterprises, Corporate Social Responsibility, innovation and clustering.

In parallel to the Central Finance and Contract Unit in Ankara (CFCU), who, as the contracting authority, was responsible for the administrative and financial implementation of the partnership grant scheme, the ETCF II team was responsible for the effective implementation of the projects at local level. The ETCF II team not only provided support to the Chamber partners during the whole implementation process, from the inception phase until the final report and payment, but also monitored closely the projects.

After the launch of the Civil Society Dialogue - EU-Turkish Chambers Forum II: EU-Turkey Chambers Partnership Grant Scheme call, on 12 January 2012 EUROCHAMBRES and

TOBB organised an Information Day where around 200

2.3. PARTNERSHIPS BETWEEN CHAMBERS

FROM TURKEY AND THE EU

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The kick-off meeting of the ETCF II partnerships was held on 15 January 2013 in Ankara. Mr Hayati Yazıcı, Turkish Minister for Customs and Trade, Mr Erwan Marteil, First Counsellor, Head of Section, Financial Co-operation, Institution Building & Civil Societyof the EU delegation to Turkey, Mr Muhsin Altun, Director of the CFCU, Mr M.Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu, President of TOBB and Mr Arnaldo Abruzzini, Secretary General of EUROCHAMBRES participated to the opening session. The high level speakers highlighted the contributions of Chambers to the EU-Turkey Positive Agenda.

Further to the introduction of the main objectives and activities of ETCF II by the ETCF II team, Dr. Burak Erdenir, Deputy Undersecretary of the Turkish Ministry for EU affairs stressed the importance of a project such as this second phase of ETCF to strengthen the links between Turkey and the EU and the mutual understanding between both business communities. The awarded 21 partnerships also had the opportunity to present their projects.

The mid-term Conference of the ETCF II partnerships was

held on 1st and 2nd July 2013 in Istanbul. It provided an

opportunity for the Chamber partners to present the activities they have had implemented so far, to share problems and difficulties they have faced, to exchange information on the implementation of their projects, to ask the ETCF II team and the CFCU for clarifications on the procedures, as well as to intensify the network. The presentations of the projects were followed by fruitful discussions on topics of high importance for both the EU and Turkey, namely: vocational training, environment, internationalisation of enterprises, agriculture and innovation.

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16 Targovishte Ancona Prato Milan Ljubliana Zagreb Munich Chemnitz Stuttgart Bruges Antwerp Limburg Barcelona Madrid Gipuzkoa Arad Sibiu Baranya 7 8

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16 2 20 1 6 12 14 19 Project Lider Turkish Partner EU Partner 1 Legend:

Şanlıurfa Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Retecamere S.Cons.Rl (Italy), Asset Camera, Special Agency of the Chamber of Commerce of Rome (Italy)

2 Capacity Increase and Networking . . . p 29

Haymana Commodity Exchange, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Targovishte (Bulgaria)

3 Yozgat Opens Up Europe with Slovenia . . . p 30

Yozgat Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia

4 BRIDGE - Bridges of Knowledge for EU-TR Chambers . . . p 31

IMEAK – Chamber of Shipping (Istanbul), Voka - Chamber of Commerce West Flanders (Belgium), Croatian Chamber of Economy, Association of the Chambers of Commerce of Marche Region (Italy)

5 A Chamber in the Contemporary World of Service Offering to the Members . . . p 32

Batman Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Şırnak Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Turkey), Xanthi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Greece)

INNOVATION PROJECTS

6 The Innovation Will Bring the EU Standards . . . p 33

Trabzon Commodity Exchange, Official Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Caceres (Spain)

7 Promoting Competitiveness of Sivas Entrepreneurial Community Through Innovative Sustainable Development . p 34

FORMAPER (Italy), Sivas Chamber of Commerce and Industry

8 Sharing Knowledge on European Policies for SMEs, Particularly on Innovation: INNOSMES . . . p 35

Consejo Superior De Camaras Oficiales De Comercio, Industria Y Navegacion De Espana (High Council of Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Navigation of Spain), Ankara Chamber of Industry (Turkey), Chamber Commerce And Industry of Xanthi (Greece), Gipuzkoa Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Navigation (Spain)

VOCATIONAL TRAINING PROJECTS

9 Bridges for Vocational Training Between Germany and Turkey . . . p 36

Uşak Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Chamber of Industry and Commerce for Munich and Upper Bavaria (Germany), Cologne Chamber of Industry and Commerce (Germany), Afyonkarahisar Chamber of Industry and Commerce (Turkey), Simav Chamber of Industry and Commerce (Turkey), Kütahya Chamber of Industry and Commerce (Turkey), Gediz Chamber of Industry and Commerce (Turkey)

INTERNATIONALIZATION PROJECTS

10 Internationalize SMEs . . . p 37

Eskisehir Chamber of Industry, Stuttgart Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Germany), Kütahya Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Turkey)

11 Kayso Global-Developing Kayseri Chamber of Industry Internationalization Services . . . p 38

Kayseri Chamber of Industry, Kayseri Chamber of Industry

12 Made in Konya . . . p 39

Konya Chamber of Industry, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chemnitz (Romania), Karaman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Turkey)

13 Open Up Your Chambers, Open Up Your Members . . . p 40

Alanya Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Chamber of Commerce of Limburg (Netherlands), Isparta Commodity Exchange (Turkey)

14 Textile Clustering Project . . . p 41

Diyarbakir Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Prato Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (Italy)

15 IDEB: International Development of Eastern Black sea Region . . . p 42

Trabzon Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Barcelona Official Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Navigation (Spain), Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Shipping of Castellon (Spain), Ordu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Turkey)

16 Development of International Trade Capacity . . . p 43

Çaycuma Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Voka - Chamber of Commerce and Industry Antwerp-Waasland (Belgium)

AGRICULTURE PROJECTS

17 Wine Cluster in Tekirdağ: WCT . . . p 44

Tekirdağ Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Shipping of Castellon (Spain)

18 Transfer of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) . . . p 45

Tekirdağ Commodity Exchange, Arad Chamber of Commerce (Romania), Industry and Agriculture, Chamber of Grevena (Spain)

19 Mediterranean Chambers Network for Improving the Support System in Agricultural Entrepreneurship . . . p 46

Mersin Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Heraklion Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Greece), Jerez De La Frontera Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Spain), Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Handicraft and Agriculture Messina (Italy), Kahramanmaraş Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Turkey), Antakya Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Turkey)

ENVIRONMENT PROJECTS

20 Development of Sustainable Industrial Waste Management System in Afyonkarahisar . . . p 47

Afyonkarahisar Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Bolvadin Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Turkey, Bolvadin Commodity Exchange (Turkey), Çay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Turkey), Dinar Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Turkey), Emirdağ Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Turkey), Sandıklı Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Turkey), Afyonkarahisar Commodity Exchange (Turkey), Voka - Chamber of Commerce and Industry Antwerp-Waasland (Belgium), Professionals Chamber of Thessaloniki (Greece), Voka - Chamber of Commerce East Flanders (Belgium)

21 Agricultural Land Remediation: Soil Depollution . . . p 48

Uzunköprü Commodity Exchange, Sibiu Chamber of Industry and Commerce and Agriculture (Romania), Chamber of Kavala

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The partnership was formed between Şanlıurfa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Project Leader), Retecamere S.Cons. Rl (Italy) and Asset Camera, Special Agency of the Chamber of Commerce of Rome (Italy).

The main objectives of the project were to strengthen the mutual knowledge and reciprocal cooperation between Turkish and European Union’s Chambers of Commerce as a means to better promote integration among EU and Turkish business communities, with the aim to increase competiveness of territories and SMEs. Over the twelve month implementation period, the partners have achieved the following results:

n Establishment of a permanent relationship between Turkish and

Italian partners;

n Implementation of a regional and international tourist brand for

territories and SMEs;

n Creation and development of a cluster on qualified tourist

environmental SMEs assisted by the Chambers;

n Increased communication and marketing capacity and services

provided by the Chambers;

n Development of specific communication strategy and awareness

campaign.

JOURNEY ACROSS CIVILISATIONS TO LINK PEOPLE AND

TERRITORIES - JAC

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CAPACITY INCREASE AND NETWORKING

Contacts

Haymana CE Lokman Sarı lokman_sari@hotmail.com Targovishte CCI Olya Ivanova tpp_t@abv.bg Project website : http://www.haymanaborsasi.org.tr/ index.php?dil=tr

The partnership was formed between Haymana Commodity Exchange (Project Leader) and Targovishte Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Bulgaria).

The main objectives of the project were:

n To transfer knowledge related to core Chamber issues;

n To facilitate effective implementation of business-related acquis

in Haymana;

n To share business practices in both Haymana and Targovishte;

n To improve trade and investment opportunities between both

regions.

Over the 12 month implementation period, the partners have achieved the following results:

n Development of human resources;

n Hardware infrastructure increase;

n ICT software infrastructure increase;

n Entrepreneurship Awareness increase;

n Project Cycle Management awareness increase;

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The partnership was formed between Yozgat Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia.

The main objectives were to strengthen the institutional capacity of the Turksih Chamber and transfer the knowledge from the Slovenian Chamber on investment opportunities, legislation relevant for the business community, as well as services and management structure.

Over the fifteen month implementation period, the partners have achieved the following results:

n Staff of the Yozgat CCI is more educated and they better serve

their members;

n The Slovenian partner is informed in detail and has knowledge

about the economy of Yozgat and the structure of the Yozgat CCI;

n Website has been created. The content of the website has been

improved and updated during the project;

n Booklets and brochures have been printed;

n Slovenia CCI and Slovenian Business Community know better

about Turkey and Yozgat.

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BRIDGE - BRIDGES OF KNOWLEDGE FOR EU-TR CHAMBERS

Contacts

IMEAK Utku Birkan utku.birkan@denizticaretodasi.org.tr Unioncamere Marche Maurizio Di Genova maurizio.digenova@unimarche.191.it

Zadar Chamber of Economy Masa Jurin

mjurin@hgk.hr Voka West Flanders Barbara Geschier barbara.geschier@voka.be

Project website: www.projectbridge.eu The partnership was formed between IMEAK – Chamber of

Shipping in Istanbul, Voka - Chamber of Commerce West Flanders (Belgium), the Croatian Chamber of Economy, and the Association of the Chambers of Commerce of Marche Region (Italy).

The main objectives of the project were:

n To strengthen mutual knowledge and understanding between

Turkish Chambers and their counterparts in the EU;

n To promote the integration of European and Turkish business

communities;

n To ensure a stronger awareness of the opportunities and

challenges of Turkey’s future accession to the EU in both Turkey and in the EU;

n To establish long term partnerships between European and

Turkish chambers.

Over the twelve month implementation period, the partners have achieved the following results:

n An online database for EU-TR Chambers;

n A EU Strategy Document for Turkish Chamber of Shipping;

n Stronger communication with EU institutions;

n Benchmarking Turkish Chamber of Shipping with its European

counterparts;

n Increasing understanding of the EU business practices in Turkey

and of Turkish business practises in the EU;

n Fostering opportunities for trade and investment;

n Improving the institutional capacity of the Turkish Chamber of

Shipping;

n Setting a successful example for prospective cooperation

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The partnership was formed between Batman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Project Leader), Şırnak Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Turkey) and Xanthi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Greece).

The main objectives of the project were:

n To establish an electronic archiving system;

n To classify the 47 year-old archive of Batman CCI through

scanners and store in electronic archive;

n To transfer about 400,000 documents in 4,500 folders to e-media

by scanning;

Over the fifteen month period of implementation, the partners have achieved the following results;

n 2 people for project management team, 3 trainers and 2 IT

experts were employed;

n Chamber staff was trained on 4 training modules and 4 corporate

workshops;

n Server, UPS, switches, software program, computers, scanner,

compact archive of 25 cabinet were purchased for establishment of IT infrastructure;

n 400,000 documents in 4,500 folders were transferred to

electronic media;

n Members of the Chamber can access their files over the internet;

n Software program is established for official correspondence;

n Long-term sustainable cooperation between Turkish Chambers

and Xanthi Chamber.

A CHAMBER IN THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD OF SERVICE

OFFERING TO THE MEMBERS

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THE INNOVATION WILL BRING THE EU STANDARDS

Contacts

Trabzon Commodity Exchange Şükrü Erüz

General Secretary gensek@tb.org.tr

Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Caceres

Raul Iglesias Duran Project Manager

plasencia2@camaracaceres.es

Project website: www.tbinovasyon.org The partnership was formed between Trabzon Commodity

Exchange and the Official Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Caceres (Spain).

The main objectives of the project were to reach EU norms while building bilateral relations with the EU by understanding the EU, economic and trade integration of Turkish business world within the EU.

Over the twelve month implementation period, the partners have achieved the following results:

n The best practices, applied by The Chamber of Commerce and

Industry Caceres in the area of environment, food safety, energy and technology were investigated by Trabzon Commodity Exchange;

n The analysis in the area of environment, food safety, energy and

technology of 200 companies which are members of Trabzon

Commodity Exchange were realised, evaluated and developed within the framework of the EU;

n Pilot practices started in 4 companies for each title, which are

relevant to transferred innovation regarding environment, food safety, energy and technology and the awareness about innovation practices within the framework of the EU legislation was created in 200 companies;

n The development of strategies, transfer of innovation and

generating solution capacity of Trabzon Commodity Exchange were increased oriented for its members’ development;

n The dialogue between Trabzon Commodity Exchange, The

Chamber of Commerce and Industry Caceres, the universities and SMEs were improved by providing cooperation, forming a network and exchanging information.

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The partnership was formed between FORMAPER - Azienda Speciale Della Camera Di Commercio Industria Artigianto e Agricoltura Di Milano (Project Leader) and Sivas Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Turkey).

The main objectives of the project were:

n To contribute to increase the number of competitive and

environment friendly companies in Sivas Area;

n To enhance business community awareness toward sustainable

development issues giving visibility to the phenomenon;

n To strengthen the cooperation between Turkish and EU

Chambers through partnership;

n To create a support core team of Sivas CCI internal staff to deliver

information, orientation and training services to companies and

entrepreneurs in giving visibility to the new services of the Sivas CCI as a key service provider for competitive and environment friendly companies in the Sivas Area.

Over the twelve month implementation period, the partners have achieved the following results:

n STSO is recognized as a key support service provider and

key node of networking in the field of competitiveness and promotion of sustainable development;

n Capacity building of STSO is strengthened and service capacity

enhanced.

PROMOTING COMPETITIVENESS OF SIVAS

ENTREPRENEURIAL COMMUNITY THROUGH INNOVATIVE

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

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SHARING KNOWLEDGE ON EUROPEAN POLICIES FOR SMEs,

PARTICULARLY ON INNOVATION: INNOSMES

Contacts

CSC

M Carmen Ayllón Martínez carmen.ayllon@cscamaras.es Ankara CI Suat Balaban suat.balaban@aso.org.tr Gipuzkoa Chamber Blanca Ortueta bortueta@camaragipuzkoa.com Xanthi Chamber Alkis Papademetrious pap@dramanet.gr The partnership was formed between the High Council of

Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Navigation of Spain (Project Leader), Ankara Chamber of Industry, the Chamber Commerce and Industry of Xanthi (Greece) and Gipuzkoa Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Navigation (Spain).

The main objectives of the project were:

n To exchange knowledge and best practices about European

management and Public Funds in favour of SMEs for innovation activities;

n To increase the number of Turkish enterprises (SMEs) taking part

in innovation activities;

n To foster reciprocal knowledge of business communities.

Over the twelve month implementation period, the partners have achieved the following results:

n 110 SMEs participated in innovation actions;

n 1 Manual + 1 Presentation on management of Public Programmes/

projects produced for Ankara Chamber + 5 Training presentations prepared for Seminars;

n 20 Chamber staff members were trained;

n 60 SMEs were trained in Innovation;

n 5 Innovation Seminars and Workshops were held;

n 2 Innovation Manuals developed: Diagnosis and Plan;

n 30 Authorities, Associations, Universities, participated in the project;

n Report with main experiences and innovation possibilities

identified with SMEs;

n Press kit and dissemination materials produced (on occasion of

the Closing Conference). Ankara Chamber

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The partnership was formed between Uşak Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Project Leader), Chamber of Industry and Commerce for Munich and Upper Bavaria (Germany), Cologne Chamber of Industry and Commerce (Germany), Afyonkarahisar Chamber of Industry and Commerce (Turkey), Simav Chamber of Industry and Commerce (Turkey), Kütahya Chamber of Industry and Commerce (Turkey), and Gediz Chamber of Industry and Commerce (Turkey). The main objectives of the project were:

n To strengthen the institutional capacities for vocational training

services of the Uşak, Afyon and Kütahya Chambers;

n To establish sustainable relationships between Chambers in

Uşak, Kütahya, Afyonkarahisar and in Cologne and Munich;

n To ensure the awareness of the opportunities and challenges of

EU accession in the field of vocational training.

Over the twelve month implementation period, the partners have achieved the following results:

n Institutional capacities for vocational training services of the

Uşak, Afyon and Kütahya Chambers were strengthened;

n Sustainable relationships between Chambers in Uşak, Kütahya

and Afyonkarahisar and in Cologne and Munich were established;

n Awareness of the opportunities and challenges of EU accession

in the field of vocational training is ensured.

BRIDGES FOR VOCATIONAL TRAINING BETWEEN GERMANY

AND TURKEY

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The partnership was formed between Eskisehir Chamber of Industry, Stuttgart Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Germany) and Kütahya Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Turkey). The main objectives of the project were:

n To determine the needs and requirements of regional industry in

terms of export promotion;

n To increase the awareness of SMEs in related EU business

practices and regulations;

n To create opportunities for member companies in order to

increase the export capacity and commercial relations between regions;

n To introduce the industrial capabilities of Eskişehir/Kütahya for

promoting investment opportunities in target sectors;

n To improve the capacity of Turkish Chambers in terms of better

internationalisation services to member companies;

n To develop social dialogue between project partners.

Over the twelve month implementation period, the partners have achieved the following results:

n A Foreign Trade Survey on 110 SMEs from target industries has

been conducted for the region;

n Knowledge on foreign trade and internationalisation of 50

Turkish SMEs have been raised;

n The export capacity of local companies has been increased

by participation of 35 SMEs in Trade Missions to Stuttgart and Eskişehir and carrying more than 200 business meetings between companies;

n Promotion of industrial capabilities of Eskişehir/Kütahya for

investment opportunities have been done by participating in an international event/fair organised in Stuttgart;

n Social dialog between Turkish and European partners has been

improved; the network has been established for long term cooperation and partnership.

INTERNATIONALIZE SMEs

Contacts

Eskişehir Chamber of Industry Ismail Ozturk – Project Coordinator ismail.ozturk@eso.org.tr

Stuttgart Chamber of Commerce Barbara Effenberger

barbara.effenberger@stuttgart.ihk.de Project website:

www.intersmes.net

Kütahya Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Müge Şahbaz msahin@kutso.org.tr

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The partnership was formed between Kayseri Chamber of Industry (Project Leader), Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Zaragoza (Spain) and Nevşehir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Turkey). The main objectives of the project were:

n To improve the quality of Kayseri Chamber of Industry’s existing

services by examining a European Union Member Chamber;

n To improve the service capacity by transferring two new

services about internationalisation from Zaragoza Chamber of Commerce and Industry;

n To improve awareness of the Kayseri Chamber of Industry staff

on EU Chambers’ issues;

n To increase the usage of Kayseri Chamber of Industry

internationalisation services;

n To develop a long term partnership and increasing mutual trade

with the help of Kayseri.

Over the twelve month implementation period, the partners have achieved the following results:

n Kayseri Chamber of Industry’s education services approach was

reorganised and developed according to Zaragoza CCI model;

n Two services were transferred to Kayseri CI from Zaragoza CCI

about internalisation; “Km.0 Step by Step Internationalization Operations” which is focusing on the companies who are starting foreign trade operations and “ENTER International Market Reports” services which is focusing on the companies who would like to develop their international activities. Both services started to be given during the project implementation time;

n “Business and Investment Opportunities” meetings were held in

Zaragoza, Kayseri and Nevşehir and 98 businessmen attended these meetings;

n The project activities and the outputs were shared with public via

press meetings and 92 press releases were published in media;

n To maintain cooperation between the project partners, to

introduce new services to members and to enhance the trade opportunities between Kayseri and Zaragoza;

n The www.kaysoglobal.com web page was

created.

KAYSO GLOBAL-DEVELOPING KAYSERI CHAMBER OF

INDUSTRY INTERNATIONALIZATION SERVICES

Contacts

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The partnership was formed between Konya Chamber of Industry (Project Leader), Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chemnitz (Germany), Karaman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Turkey). The main objective of the project was to increase trade and investment relations between Turkey and South West Region of Saxony-Germany.

Over the twelve month implementation period, the partners have achieved the following results:

n A “Made in Konya” consciousness has been formed among the

city industrialists;

n A sustainable Konya Export Platform is established,

institutionalised and backed with online tools;

n Promotional materials were produced for industrial companies

in Konya;

n Contribution provided to the cooperation and confidence

between Konya exporters;

n Opportunities for trade between Konya and Germany were

fostered via information dissemination through Konya CI and CCI Southwest Saxony;

n Investment Promotion Services have been started in Karaman CCI.

MADE IN KONYA

Contacts

Konya CI: M. Sami UNSACAR samiunsacar@kso.org.tr Chemnitz CCI: Nikola LOSKE loske@chemnitz.ihk.de Project website: www.madeinkonya.org Karaman CCI: Hakan ALKAN mhalkan@ktso.org.tr

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The partnership was formed between Alanya Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Project Leader), Chamber of Commerce of Limburg (Netherlands) and Isparta Commodity Exchange (Turkey). The main objectives of the project were:

n To promote web-presence of companies;

n To support clustering;

n To enable online matchmaking between Turkish and European

companies;

n To foster new trade and investment opportunities;

n To promote SME development;

Over the fifteen month implementation period, the parnters have achieved the following results:

n Cooperation between project parties is developed for the first

time. Know-how on business matchmaking is transferred. Mutual knowledge and understanding between Turkish Chambers and their counterparts in the EU is strengthened. Knowledge on core chamber issues - facilitating trade and investment opportunities for members - is exchanged;

n An online commerce portal is established. A business

network of Turkish and Dutch companies is created. Online business matchmaking is realised. New trade and investment opportunities are fostered. Service capacity of project parties is increased;

n A study visit to the “Euregional” network of Limburg CCI

(Netherlands, Germany and Belgium) is held, cooperation is strengthened. Stronger awareness of the opportunities and challenges of Turkey’s future accession to the EU in both parties is accomplished;

n New Turkish Commercial Code in line with the acquis, aiming

to facilitate adaptation of Turkish business world to Europe is promoted with seminars, trainings and the commerce portal. Integration of European and Turkish business communities is strengthened. Effective implementation of business-related acquis in Turkey is ensured. Understanding of the EU business practices in Turkey and of Turkish business practices in the EU has increased.

OPEN UP YOUR CHAMBERS, OPEN UP YOUR MEMBERS

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