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ENC In-Depth Podcast Series: War in Ukraine – Episode 5

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ENC In-Depth Podcast Series

War in Ukraine – Views from the EU and its Wider Neighbourhood

Episode 5

This ENC in-depth discussion is part of a newly released special podcast series with academics and experts dedicated to the War in Ukraine. The series will provide views and investigate the repercussions of the war across the EU, the UK, and wider Europe. In the fifth episode we are focusing on implications and views from Turkey.

The discussion was moderated by Andreas Marazis, ENC Head of Research for Eastern Europe & Central Asia, and features the comments and insights of Dr. Cigdem Nas, Secretary General at the Economic Development Foundation (IKV), Ozgur Ünlühisarcıklı, Director at the GMF office in Ankara, and Samuel Doveri Vesterbye, ENC Managing Director.

You can listen the in-depth interview here:

ENC In-Depth Podcast: EU – Turkey Economic Relations And Customs Union

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ENC In-Depth Podcast

EU – Turkey EU – Turkey Economic Relations And Customs Union

This ENC in-depth discussion investigates the EU-Turkey economic relationship and the importance of the Customs Union with regards to trade, supply-chains and macro-economic policy. It also looks into the issue of lira devaluation and the importance of political stability in Turkey.

The discussion war moderated by Samuel Doveri Vesterbye, ENC Managing Director, and features the comments and insights of Niclas Poitiers, Research Fellow at Bruegel.

You can listen the in-depth interview here:

ENC In-Depth Podcast: EU – Turkey Road Transport, Speaking To Experts And Business Representatives

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ENC In-Depth Podcast

EU – Turkey Road Transport, Speaking to Experts and Business Representatives

This ENC in-depth discussion investigates the EU-Turkey transport relationship with a specific focus on road transportation. It looks into the issues surrounding Customs Union and transport fees, as well as the importance of trade and logistics in the region.

The discussion war moderated by Samuel Doveri Vesterbye, ENC Managing Director, and features the comments and insights of Tomasz Malyszko, Leading Researcher of ZPMD, Anna Wieczorek, Leading Researcher of ZPMD, Alper Özel, Chairperson of Executive Committee of UND, Ayşegül Ketenci, UND EU Expert, Can Baydarol, ABKAD Vice Chairperson, Murat Kavalalı, Chairperson at ABKAD,  and Evren Bingöl, Vice Chairman of Executive Committee at UND.

You can listen the in-depth interview here:

 

ENC In-Depth Podcast Series: War in Ukraine – Episode 4

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ENC In-Depth Podcast Series

War in Ukraine – Views from the EU and its Wider Neighbourhood

Episode 4

This ENC in-depth discussion is part of a newly released special podcast series with academics and experts dedicated to the War in Ukraine. The series will provide views and investigate the repercussions of the war across the EU, the UK, and wider Europe. In the fourth episode we are focusing on implications for Eastern Europe, with views from the Baltic states.

The discussion was moderated by Andreas Marazis, ENC Head of Research for Eastern Europe & Central Asia, and features the comments and insights of Dr. Kristi Raik, Director of the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute at the International Centre for Defence and Security (ICDS) in Tallinn and Adjunct Professor at the University of Turku.

You can listen the in-depth interview here:

ENC In-Depth Podcast Series: War in Ukraine – Episode 3

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ENC In-Depth Podcast Series

War in Ukraine – Views from the EU and its Wider Neighbourhood

Episode 3

This ENC in-depth discussion is part of a newly released special podcast series with academics and experts dedicated to the War in Ukraine. The series will provide views and investigate the repercussions of the war across the EU, the UK, and wider Europe. In the third episode we are focusing on implications for Western Europe, with views from Belgium and The Netherlands.

The discussion was moderated by Andreas Marazis, ENC Head of Research for Eastern Europe & Central Asia, and features the comments and insights of Tony van der Togt, Senior Associate Fellow at the Clingendael Institute in The Netherlands and Dr. Peter Van Elsuwege, professor of EU law and Jean Monnet Chair at Ghent University in Belgium.

You can listen the in-depth interview here:

ENC In-Depth Podcast: Algerian Post-Bouteflika Democratisation and EU Security Implications

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ENC In-Depth Podcast

Algerian Post-Bouteflika Democartisation and EU Security Implications

This ENC In-Depth podcast is dedicated to the recently published ENC Analysis: “Algerian Post-Bouteflika Democratisation and EU Security Implications” by our Academic Council Member Dr. Ebtisam Hussein who is a tenure holder of Political Science at Cairo University and Associate Professor of Political Science at New Giza University in Egypt.

Nearly three years after the ouster, Algerian democratisation is still grappling with a compelling political reform process and major political challenges such as weakened opposition and the military’s role in civilian politics. Due to its potential negative implications for the EU’s security, it is crucial to examine these challenges preventing the prospect for the democratisation process in Algeria. In this publication, Dr. Hussein discusses the factors that led to the 2019 uprising and the current situation in Algeria while recommending that certain efforts should be examined towards promoting political reform.

The discussion was moderated by Andreas Marazis, ENC Head of Research for Eastern Europe & Central Asia, and features the comments and insights of ENC Academic Council Member Dr. Ebtisam Hussein.

You can listen the in-depth interview here:

ENC In-Depth Podcast Series: War in Ukraine – Episode 2

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ENC In-Depth Podcast Series

War in Ukraine – Views from the EU and its Wider Neighbourhood

Episode 2

This ENC in-depth discussion is part of a newly released special podcast series with academics and experts dedicated to the War in Ukraine. The series will provide views and investigate the repercussions of the war across the EU, the UK, and wider Europe. In the second episode we are focusing on implications for Northern Europe, with views from Finland, Denmark and Germany.

The discussion was moderated by Andreas Marazis, ENC Head of Research for Eastern Europe & Central Asia, and features the comments and insights of Janne Leino, Programme Manager for Foreign and Security Policy at Konrad Adenauer Stiftung office in Brussels, Henri Vanhanen, Foreign Policy, and EU adviser at the National Coalition Party “Kokoomus” in Finland and Samuel Doveri Vesterbye, ENC Managing Director.

You can listen the in-depth interview here:

ENC Analysis: Algerian Post-Bouteflika Democratisation and EU Security Implications

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ENC Analysis: Algerian Post-Bouteflika Democratisation and EU Security Implications

The European Neighbourhood Council (ENC) released its new analysis entitled “Algerian Post – Bouteflika Democratisation and EU Security Implications.’’

The ENC Analysis is written by our Academic Council Member Dr. Ebtisam Hussein who is a tenure holder of Political Science at Cairo University and Associate Professor of Political Science at New Giza University in Egypt.

Nearly three years after the ouster, Algerian democratisation is still grappling with a compelling political reform process and major political challenges such as weakened opposition and the military’s role in civilian politics. Due to its potential negative implications for the EU’s security, it is crucial to examine these challenges preventing the prospect for the democratisation process in Algeria. In this publication, Dr. Hussein discusses the factors that led to the 2019 uprising and the current situation in Algeria while recommending that certain efforts should be examined towards promoting political reform.

The full analysis is available here.

 

ENC In-Depth Podcast Series: War in Ukraine – Episode 1

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ENC In-Depth Podcast Series

War in Ukraine – Views from the EU and its Wider Neighbourhood

Episode 1

Russia launched a full-scale attack from multiple directions on Ukraine on February 24, bombing major cities and prompting a mass exodus of refugees. In response, NATO deployed troops to member states in the region and the EU, US and allied countries introduced new sanctions, including the suspension of the broadcasting activities of major Russian state-owned outlets, airspace ban, restrictions on Russia’s central bank and expelling key banks off the main global payments system.

A series of prickly questions arise concerning…

  • …the way political parties, civil society and citizens across the EU respond to the crisis
  • …the socioeconomic consequences of the war for member states
  • …the future of the EU’s security and defence policy
  • …the repercussions for the EU’s wider neighbourhood
  • …Europe’s energy security
  • …Europe’s migration policy among other things!

This ENC in-depth discussion is part of a special podcast series with academics and experts dedicated to the War in Ukraine. The series will provide views and investigate the repercussions of the war across the EU, the UK, and wider Europe. In the first episode we are focusing on implications for Southern Europe, with views from Greece and Portugal.

The discussion was moderated by Andreas Marazis, ENC Head of Research for Eastern Europe & Central Asia, and features the comments and insights of ENC Academic Council Members Dr. Panagiota Manoli, Assistant Professor in Political Economy of International Relations at the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Peloponnese and Dr. Raquel Freire, Researcher at the Centre for Social Studies and Professor of International Relations at the Faculty of Economics at the University of Coimbra.

You can listen the in-depth interview here:

A New Road Transport Cooperation Between Turkey and European Union: Expectations and Possibilities

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A New Road Transport Cooperation Between Turkey and European Union: Expectations and Possibilities. A week of consultations, meetings, and roundtables in Brussels with the European Neighbourhood Council (ENC).

Between the 22nd and 25th of February, the ENC organized a series of consultations and dissemination with the European Parliament, DG Move, DG Trade, DG Near, TOBB, and Eurochambers for the release of our four new reports on EU-Turkey, EU-Polish, connectivity and transport relations. The project and reports consist of road transport representatives from Poland and Turkey, as well as academic and think-tank institutions. The timing came at a relevant moment, since the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian war – and new sanctions against Moscow – will deeply impact Eurasian road connectivity and the transportation sector for lorries in particular.

The official partners of the project and authors of the four reports include the European Neighbourhood Council (ENC – co ), the European Union and Global Research Association (ABKAD – lead), along with the International Transporters’ Association (UND – co ), and  Zrzeszenie Międzynarodowych Przewoźników Drogowych w Polsce (ZMPD – co). The four reports deal with a variety of relevant economic subjects and include detailed recommendations. They namely-include road transportation transit costs, inefficiencies/bottle-necks at the Bulgarian-Turkish border, the importance of renewing the EU-Turkey Customs Union, the serious problem of trade irritants and rule of law issues originating from Turkey, and a variety of unfair burdens which target the Turkish transport sector. Taking into account the likely deviation of some transport routes originating from China and Kazakhstan towards the southern/middle corridor instead, and thereby passing through Turkey, it is urgent and likely that the issues of Bulgarian-Turkish crossing-times, delays, administrative issues will further amplify. It is estimated that over one hundred thousand trucks may no longer be able to use the northern route, depending on the exact impact of sanctions and the war in Ukraine.

During Day 1 (22/02/2022) the ENC held a preparatory meeting with all Project partners in which the Project activities and reports were discussed in detail, including planning and scheduling.

During Day 2 (23/02/2022) the ENC organized a closed-door roundtable with all Partners, including also technical experts, policy-makers, and government representatives in order to present each report and discuss the details of transport policy, EU-Turkey Customs Union, impact assessments, connectivity strategy, and impact on road-transport, and looking at EU-Polish-Turkish economic relations in concrete figures. Speakers and authors included Aysegul Ketenci, EU Expert from UND, Dr. Nicola Contessi, ENC expert and Research Associate at York Centre for Asian Research, Anna Wieczorek and Tomasz Malyszko, main specialists in road transport from ZMPD, and Dr. Can Baydarol, the Vice President of ABKAD. Guests and other expert speakers included Alper Ozel, Chief Executive Chairman from UND, as well as Murat Kavalali from ABKAD and invited participants from the European Commission (DG TAXUD, DG MOVE, DG NEAR, DG TRADE), the European Parliament, think-tanks, missions, and delegations, as well as business associations. The roundtable was moderated by Samuel Doveri Vesterbye, ENC Managing Director.

A special networking lunch for participants was organized, in which participants and speakers had the opportunity to exchange views and continue discussing EU-Turkey economic relations, transport corridors, infrastructure connectivity, renewables, all in the context of the new geopolitical realities in Ukraine and Russia.

During the afternoon a press meeting was organized with journalists, in which each report author had the opportunity to explain the reports in detail and take questions and answers from journalists dealing with transport and connectivity.

During Day 3 (24/02/2022) the ENC recorded two separate podcasts, one with the expert authors from the reports, in which road transportation and EU-Turkey customs union were discussed, and a second podcast with Dr. Niclas Poitiers who is a Research Fellow and specialist in trade, macroeconomics, and EU foreign economic policy at the leading economic think tank Bruegel. The conversation between ENC Managing Director Samuel Doveri Vesterbye and Dr. Poitiers focused on the increasing importance of a renewed EU-Turkey Customs Union and the importance of a more transparent, open, and rules-based Turkey, in which rule of law can support a stable lira, investor confidence and increased EU-Turkey economic relations. The podcast also included detailed exchanges about the number of investments, companies, and economic relations which exist between EU companies, namely in Germany, and their counterparts in Turkey, while the discussion about debt, spending, and interest rates was also touched upon.

Both podcasts will be available and distributed via ENC in the upcoming weeks.

During Day 3 (24/02/2022) the ENC also organized a roundtable meeting and visit the European Parliament, in order to meet parts of the Polish Delegation, who have worked on the Mobility Package and were interested in meeting with the Polish transport organizations, as well as with other relevant stakeholders. The event was organized and hosted by the ENC in cooperation with Ipek Tekdemir, while Samuel Doveri Vesterbye co-moderated the roundtable. Discussion points surrounded Customs Union reform, Polish truck-sector concerns, Turkish truck-sector concerns, the impact of sanctions on the transport sectors, and the importance of connectivity and support for transportation, including details regarding the Mobility Package.

During Day 4 (25/02/2022) the ENC organized private meetings with Eurochambres, TOBB, and IKV. During these meetings, both the Polish and Turkish representatives were given the opportunity to discuss and exchange technical information, including recommendations from the reports, to the representatives from Europe’s leading association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry, representing over 20 million businesses in Europe. The meeting also included concluding and contextual remarks from ENC Managing Director Samuel Doveri Vesterbye about how the EU-Turkish political relationship is impacting the technical, business, and economic relationship, notably in terms of transport, connectivity, and trade. After the meeting with Eurochambres, another meeting was led by Evren Bingol from UND with members of the ‘Green Corridor Network’.