World priority

Promoting Turkey’s accession to EU

This worldwide priority was withdrawn on 11 May 2015

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The UK believes the EU stands to gain enormously from Turkish accession. British companies will benefit greatly from Turkey’s entry into the single market. Turkey would help to expand the EU’s political influence, particularly in North Africa, the Middle East and in Central Asia.


We are:

  • making an important contribution to Turkey’s accession process by funding a range of projects in areas such as freedom of expression; human rights; and anti-corruption. All are designed to help improve Turkey’s accession prospects

  • encouraging other EU member states to accept the need to open negotiations on EU accession chapters as soon as possible