MAN 474 Policy Paper
Turkey: Adaption of the Community Acquis
Chapter 27 – Environment
The EU has some of the highest environment standards in the world, developed over decades to address a wide range of issues. Today the main priorities are combating climate change, preserving biodiversity, and reducing health problems from pollution and using natural resources more responsibly. While aimed at protecting the environment, these goals can contribute to economic growth by fostering innovation and enterprise.
Turkey, as a candidate country for the EU Membership, has many more legislative changes to do, to be a perfect fit to the Union. Despite progress over the last fifteen years, Turkey has not achieved a satisfactory level of environmental protection. The EU also adapts many directives and they had many alterations to adopt a more protective and sustainable common environmental policy: Chapter 27 in their acquis.
There are many subjects under the headline of “Environment”. Within this report, we are not able to mention all the parts of the EU’s Environmental Policy, yet we have picked the most important two points: Climate change and biodiversity.
The recent financial crisis globally impeded the financial flow and economic growth of many countries. The developed ones struggled to maintain the level of economy while the promising ones went through a though testing. Some failed, some try to recover but Turkey proved to be one of the champions as being attractive and hardworking enough to keep up the high performance among other countries like China and Brazil. Turkey’s expectation was mostly on foreign direct investments in the form of fully or partly owned manufacturing sites since it would lead the way to relieve the pressure on unemployment rates and to enhance the living standards. However, there has been still a strong resistance from bureaucracy such as paper work that discourages the efforts of multinational...