EU-Turkey Climate Policy Dialogue: Role of Civil Society in Developing Climate Policies

Date: 23 February 2022
Time: 10:00 – 12:30 (Brussels time) /12:00 – 14:00 (Istanbul time)
Online Meeting: Zoom

This workshop is part of the project EU – Turkey Climate Policy Dialogue, financed by the European Union within the scope of the Civil Society Dialogue Programme between EU and Turkey and which is coordinated by the Directorate for EU Affairs. The objective of the project is to establish a sustained dialogue between Turkish and EU civil society organizations (CSOs), private actors and public institutions on the articulation of climate change policy between the EU and Turkey.

The opening session, which was held in July, focused on introducing the project to stakeholders, presenting the first results of the research, and highlighting the most recent climate policy developments under the European Green Deal.

As part of the project activities, we also conducted interviews with a wide range of Turkish CSOs from which we were able to better understand their needs and realities. Furthermore, this stakeholder-driven approach enabled us to identify the main EU climate policies that are priority for Turkish CSOs.

This workshop will focus on the key role CSOs play in the EU in developing climate policies, both through informal and formal participation processes, and identify best and concrete practices that Turkish CSOs could implement. A number of CSOs have been invited to engage in a panel discussion in order to get a better understanding of what this means for EU and Turkish stakeholders.

Lastly, it will be an opportunity for Turkish and European CSOs to establish a dialogue and to highlight additional elements they would like to see as part of this project, and what kind of format and topics they would like to touch upon in the next workshop.

10:00 – Welcome remarks
• A. Marcu, Director, ERCST

10:10 – Keynote speech
• M. K. Bozay, Ambassador, Permanent Delegation of Turkey to the EU

10:30 – Overview of the role of Civil Society in EU policy development processes
• M. Monciatti, ERCST

10:50 – Presentation on climate policy articulation processes from EU Civil Society
• B. Denis, industriAll European Trade Union
• E. Brutin, Cembureau
• D. Kutluay, Europe Beyond Coal
• D. Rao, Carbon Market Watch

11:30 – Reactions from Turkish Civil Society
• A. Kalaycı, Energy Industrialists & Businessmen Association (ENSiA)
• B. Özenç, Sustainable Economics and Finance Research Association (Sefia)
• K. Karavelioğlu, Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM)

12:00 – Roundtable discussion

12:30 – End of meeting