http://www.weforum.org/ 23.11.2006Turkey and the EU: Mutually Influential, Mutually Beneficial?The process of EU accession negotiations is having a major impact on Turkey and is also influencing Europe. Regardless of the outcome of the negotiations, Turkey in the future will differ from the country it is today. 1) How can various issues that currently appear as potential obstacles to Turkey's EU membership - including the state of democracy, human rights, the gender gap, Cyprus and mutual trust as well as political acceptance - be resolved?2) On the economic front, what role does mutual influence play? Is this mutually beneficial?3) Are both sides at the negotiation table making progress internally? Is the progress vis-?-vis each other satisfactory? Is it possible to define a time frame?Valdas Adamkus, President of LithuaniaJoaqu?n Almunia, Commissioner, Economic and Monetary Affairs, European Commission, BrusselsAli Babacan, Minister of the Economy of Turkey; Chief Negotiator for the European Union; Young Global LeaderAydin Dogan, Chairman, Dogan Group of Companies, TurkeyFerit F. Sahenk, Chairman, Dogus Holding, Turkey; Young Global LeaderKeynote Address byRecep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister of TurkeyWelcoming Remarks byKlaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic ForumChaired byVictor Halberstadt, Professor of Public Economics, Leiden University, Netherlands; Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum in Turkey
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