EU ‘can’t force inclusion of Turkey in trade deal’

EU ‘can’t force inclusion of Turkey in trade deal’

 

By Dilara Sarı

The European Union has limits on what it can do to include Turkey into its free trade deals with third parties, says the union’s chief negotiator, adding Turkey’s belief in EU support for free trade with US has a limited reality

The European Union “cannot force” countries to negotiate free trade agreements with Turkey and can only offer so much in light of bilateral agreements, the European Commission’s chief negotiator at the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), Garcia Bercero, told the Hürriyet Daily News.

Turkey’s firm belief in European backup in anticipation of the massive trade and investment agreement between the bloc and the United States has only a limited reality, Bercero said. “At the end of the day, what we can do is that we can talk to countries, we can explain to them why in light of the customs union it would certainly be appropriate for those negations to be conducted, but that’s the limit of what we can do.”