Sep 16

Rather, it is a recognition of the limits of the EU`s normative power over Turkish domestic policy, on the one hand, and the growing need for cooperation with Turkey in the areas of foreign and security policy, on the other. Peter Holmes, of the UK Trade Policy Observatory think tank, said Brussels would likely learn from the problems with Turkey and try to avoid such “loopholes” in negotiating a deal. customs with Great Britain. Although Turkey is trying to replicate EU agreements in order to also gain market access with partner countries, many countries have no incentive to strike an agreement with Ankara, given that their exports already have duty-free access to Turkey. Turkey has largely adapted to EU customs legislation. Approximation has thus been achieved in the following areas which, for the proper functioning of the customs union, require joint implementation: origin, customs value, entry of goods into the customs area, customs declaration, right to free movement, customs procedures with economic effect, trade in goods, customs debt/obligation and the right to object. Since 1996, when the Customs Union entered into force, Turkey has reached an advanced level of approximation of laws in this area as a result of harmonisation efforts. In addition to the creation of a common external customs tariff for classified goods, the customs union provides that Turkey has complied with the acquis communautaire in several key areas of the internal market, in particular as regards industrial standards. .

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