Mobilizing Local Networks for a Better Informed Dialogue on Turkey’s Accession to the EU (ACCESS-TR) was awarded to the Center for European Studies of the Middle East Technical University (CES-METU) by the European Commission under the IPA Information and Communication Programme: Support for actions promoting a better informed public debate about EU Enlargement. The Project is being implemented under the coordination of CES-METU for a 12-month period from November 2008 to November 2009, in partnership with TEPSA (Trans European Policy Studies Association), a transeuropean research network based in Brussels (Belgium). The Project has three associate universities from different cities of Turkey, namely, the Universities of Akdeniz (Antalya), Gaziantep and Ondokuz Mayıs (Samsun). For more information please visit http://accesstr.ces.metu.edu.tr/
The overall objectives of the Project are:
The specific objectives are:
ACCESS-TR aims to address these overall and specific objectives through the following four specific themes:
The project aims to reach local governments, municipalities, academic communities, chambers of commerce, business organisations, trade unions, civil society organisations, students, local media and press members, in or near the Turkish cities of Antalya, Samsun and Gaziantep; as well as academic and research communities in Turkey and in Europe working on enlargement and the Turkish membership to the EU.
FROM ISTANBUL TO BRUSSELS: Dialogue on Turkey’s accession to the EU
On 3 and 4 March 2009 TEPSA, in co-operation with the Centre for European Studies (CES) of the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, organised at the Fondation Universitaire in Brussels the Kick-Off Conference of the project “Mobilizing Local Networks for a better informed Dialogue on Turkey’s Accession to the EU” (ACCESS-TR) which aims to promote the active participation of local and regional stakeholders in the process of Turkey’s accession to the EU. Under the title “From Istanbul to Brussels: Dialogue on Turkey’s Accession to the EU” the Kick-Off Conference gathered in Brussels a number of key multipliers of the ACCESS-TR project and its outreach and brought them together with representatives of the European Institutions, civil society, diplomatic missions, media and stakeholders of Turkish interest representations in Brussels. By this TEPSA and CES seek to obtain sustainable partnerships after the end of the project.