Turkish Industry and Trade Minister Nihat Ergun said on Friday that the businessmen in Turkey which signed a Customs Union Agreement with the EU should travel in EU countries freely.
Ergun delivered a speech in a meeting regarding a project on loan facility for small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs) in Anatolia developed by Turkey's Industry and Trade Ministry, European Investment Bank, European Investment Fund and Credit Guaranty Fund.
Turkish companies attached great importance to financial assistance programs and practiced these programs successfully, he said.
"Turkey is a country which signed Customs Union Agreement with EU for free movement of goods. But businessmen who will sell goods cannot travel freely and it is not fair," Ergun said.
The loan facility project would be implemented in 43 provinces, he said. "SMEs (in these provinces) can apply to five banks for investment and operating capital worth up to 500,000 euros."
Regarding a 2 point decrease in unemployment rate in April 2010, Ergun said he was glad about this development.
There has been a remarkable recovery in Turkish economy since April 2009, he said.
Marc Pierini, the head of the EU delegation to Turkey, said that Turkey's banking sector had a sounder structure than the ones in EU countries.
Pierini said they attached a great importance to SMEs and they wanted to ease the way for them to reach loans.
The project foresees 500 million euro loan for SMEs in Turkey.
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