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The EU Training Programme
for Turkish Chamber Executives
(April – October 2009)



1. Why a new Training Programme for Turkish Chambers Executive on EU affairs?

The implementation of the Customs Union with the EU as well as the EU membership perspective mean that Turkish business strategies are more and more influenced by EU policies.

The Survey on “Corporate Preparations in Turkey for EU membership” published by the Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry (EUROCHAMBRES) in cooperation with the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) in November 2008 highlighted a notable information gap on EU related issues among Turkish companies. Not only is their level of knowledge on the relevant EU legislation rather low, but the accession negotiation process between the EU and Turkey remains largely unknown among the business community. Turkish companies are also largely unaware of the various EU funds and programmes from which Turkey has benefited for several years to prepare the country for the enlarged Single Market.

There is a growing need for comprehensive expertise in EU affairs within the Turkish Chamber network so that they can help Turkish companies to fully understand the impact of policies developed at European level which might affect their business.

To meet these challenges, the EU Training Programme for Turkish Chambers Executives has been designed by EUROCHAMBRES and TOBB in association with Ankara University European Union Research Centre (ATAUM) and Bahçeşehir University in Istanbul.

2. What is the ETCF EU Training Programme?

A unique and comprehensive Training Programme which meets the particular needs of Turkish Chamber Executives

The participants

50 Turkish Chamber executives will be trained and will acquire knowledge and skills to provide information, guidance, support and advice on EU policies to their members.

Particular attention will be given to the selection of Chamber executives benefiting from the programme. The selection will be carried out by EUROCHAMBRES and TOBB. A call has just been published and widely diffused among Turkish Chambers (see brochure).

Admission to the Master will be based on the applicants’ professional experience and motivation as well as on the Chambers’ commitment to develop EU services for their members.


The curriculum is based on the needs and expectations of Turkish businesses identified in the above mentioned Survey. The Programme comprises 6 modules (see annex).

The courses will combine academic and practical experience in an optimal way.

The first module will be an introductory module on the functioning of the EU, EU-Turkey relations, EU accession negotiations, European lobbying and EU funding mechanisms. The five other modules will cover issues of particular interest for Turkish businesses. Each module will propose an overview of the EU legislation and main challenges in the relevant field in the context of the accession negotiations, up-date on current issues, best practices and exchange of experiences.

Participants will be required to attend all 6 modules.

The programme will be taught either in English or in Turkish.

Location and time schedule

The EU Training Programme will be organised in two locations: ATAUM in Ankara (Cycle A) and Bahçeşehir University in Istanbul (Cycle B).

Programme courses will be held once a month over a period of two to three consecutive days. The module in Ankara will start the day before the one in Istanbul – or vice versa (this set up will allow the speakers to work two consecutive days in Istanbul and in Ankara).

Exams and diploma

The participants will submit a short paper on one of the subjects taught. The best papers will be published in a single publication and distributed within the Chamber community. The participants will also take an oral test at the end of the Programme.

Following the successful completion of the Programme, participants will be awarded with a certificate provided by ATAUM and will be included in the ETCF EU expert database.

The speakers

The speakers come from diverse background: representatives from EU institutions, representatives from Turkish specialised organisations, experts from the Chamber network and academics from both the EU and Turkey.

The speakers are recognised for their outstanding EU expertise.


3. Benefits of the Programme

Benefits for the Chamber executives

  • To acquire a practical understanding of the EU functioning, of the most effective way to influence the EU policy-making and decision taking process as well as a deep knowledge on different EU topics of particular interest for Turkish businesses.
  • To become a real EU expert and be recognised as such (recognised certificate + insertion into the ETCF EU expert database).
  • To develop network with EU practitioners

Benefits for Turkish Chambers

  • To add services or improve services towards their member companies:
    • information, guidance, support and advice on EU policies and EU programmes
    • being Turkish companies’ voice in the national administration as well as in the EU institutions
  • To raise their profile and be recognised as a contact point on EU affairs.

Benefits for Turkish companies

  • To get from their Chamber practical answers to specific questions in their language on European legislation and policies relevant to their business
  • To acquire information on EU funding opportunities
  • To increase their involvement in the policy-making process at national and European level

Benefits for the speakers

  • To develop network with Turkish chambers and to get a direct access to the Turkish business community
  • To develop a better understanding of the needs and problems of the Turkish business community


4. Manuals

To complement these seminars, 6 manuals will be published, one for each of the 6 topics previously identified. The manuals will present the relevant legislation as well as best practices. They will be widely diffuse through the Chamber network to Turkish companies and the wider public

Partnership grant scheme
Partnership grant scheme
EU expert data base
EU expert data base
  ETCF is funded by the European Union