'Med Union without Turkey born dead'

"If it is not a threat to its EU membership process, we favor Turkey's participation in the Mediterranean Union. It is more beneficial to be in a decision making mechanism of the Mediterranean Union rather than staying out of it," the chairman of the Ist

'Med Union without Turkey born dead'
Murat Yalcintas, chairman of the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce (ITO), said Friday "a Mediterranean Union without Turkey's participation would be born dead."

Meeting EU Commission authorities and President of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Eurochambers) Pierre Simon in Brussels, Yalcintas who also serves as the chairman of Union of Mediterranean Chambers of Industry and Commerce, said that they made important decisions pertaining to the Mediterranean Union's commercial dimension as set forth by the EU.

"This project must facilitate free trade, cooperation and mutual investments. If Turkey does not join, the Mediterranean Union would be born dead. A body without Turkey can not be defined as a Mediterranean Union. I believe everyone understands this," Yalcintas said.

"After assuming the rotating presidency of the EU, France will host the Council of European-Mediterranean trade ministers on July 2nd and representatives of the business world between July 3rd and 4th in Marseille in order to make decisions on financing and implementation of projects regarding the Mediterranean Union," Yalcintas said.

"In our meeting with Eurochambers President Simon, we agreed on having four representatives from northern Mediterranean and four representatives from southern Mediterranean and a president in a board that would implement projects within the framework of the Mediterranean Union. As a candidate country in the EU, Turkey will not receive direct funds from the budget of the Mediterranean Union. However, Turkey will receive funds through joint projects," Yalcintas said.

"If it is not a threat to its EU membership process, we favor Turkey's participation in the Mediterranean Union. It is more beneficial to be in a decision making mechanism of the Mediterranean Union rather than staying out of it," Yalcintas also said.

"Union for the Mediterranean" is a project initiated by French President Nicolas Sarkozy and aims at upgrading the EU's relations with its neighbours from North Africa and the Middle East.

The European Council recently approved the principle of a "Union for the Mediterranean" which will include the member states of the EU and the non-EU Mediterranean coastal states.

It invited the Commission to present to the Council the necessary proposals for defining the modalities of what will be called "Barcelona Process: Union for the Mediterranean" with a view to the Summit which will take place in Paris on July 13th 2008.


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