The European Neighbourhood Council (ENC) in cooperation with the Economic Development Foundation (IKV) and with the support of Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF) Turkey and the Swedish Consulate in Istanbul, organised a one-week training programme entitled “Future values training: European sentiment in Turkey among opinion-shapers and youth leaders”, which took place between the 3rd and the 8th of December 2018 at the premises of IKV in Brussels.
The project is rooted in the growing need to exchange ideas with Turkish public intellectuals, journalists, youth leaders and influential civil society members concerning Europe’s new ideas on societal development, private sector changes and the European Union’s (EU) global policy priorities and innovative strategies (e.g. EU2020, 2050 Energy Strategy, EU Global Strategy, 2030 Agenda for Sustainability Development, Europe 2020 Strategy for Smart, sustainable and inclusive growth).
Four young Turkish experts visited Brussels for a week-long exchange which included roundtables, trainings and private encounters with inspiring innovators, activists, EU officials, and experts on various topics related to each opinion shaper’s work experience and interests, including environment/renewable, civil society/journalism, trade/start-up and tech/innovation. The objective was to give a full picture of Europe’s forward thinking priorities, trends and progressive strategies for the future, including each thematic sectors’ relationship to Turkey or EU foreign/neighbourhood policy.
The first part of the project included individual training meetings tailored to the profile of each of the four Turkish opinion-shapers and general training meetings dedicated among other things on EU’s climate policies, the Global Strategy, EU-Turkey relations and Technology and Digital Innovation featuring presentations by EU officials, think-tank experts, NGO representatives and academics.
Among the distinguished speakers were: Deirdre de Burca (former Irish Green Party politician who served as a Senator, currently Member of the Steering Group at SDG Watch Europe), Haluk Nuray (Brussels Representative of IKV), Assoc. Prof. Burak Erdenir (Deputy Permanent Representative at the Permanent Representation of Turkey to the EU), Shada Islam (Director of Europe and Geopolitics at Friends of Europe), Regina Salanova (Coordinator of “Young Mediterranean Voices” at Anna Lindh Foundation), Giuseppe Porcaro (Head of Communications and Events at Bruegel), Louis Papaemmanuel (Independent expert for non-Equity EU funding for Startups), Samuel Doveri Vesterbye (ENC Managing Director), Andre Rizzo (Political Officer at EEAS) and Amanda Paul (Senior Policy Analyst at EPC).
The second phase of the project will take place in Turkey in January-February 2019 and will include the dissemination of a booklet dedicated to the topics that were discussed in Brussels and the delivery of public lectures by the four Turkish opinion-shapers in four academic institutions located in Istanbul, Ankara, Adana and Eskisehir in front of a large audience of young university students.