The EU–Turkey customs union: Shortcomings and prospects for modernization

Özlem Terzi*

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Abstract

This chapter considers the extent to which Turkey’s customs union with the European Union (EU) can be considered a lasting form of ‘privileged partnership’ without envisaging further integration between the parties. It argues that the customs union was never intended as a goal in itself and that in its current form it does not constitute a sustainable form of privileged partnership. First, the chapter relates the current institutional shortcomings of the customs union to their historical roots. Second, it looks into the changing nature of the EU’s new generation trade agreements and the challenges they present for Turkey’s customs union such as their unparalleled impact on Turkey’s foreign trade. Third, the chapter discusses how the customs union may be modernized to bring EU-Turkey economic relations up-to-date with the EU’s new trade agenda. Lastly, it takes into consideration the political challenges that stand in the way of modernizing the customs union from both Turkish and EU perspectives.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Proliferation of Privileged Partnerships between the European Union and its Neighbours
EditorsSieglinde Gstöhl, David Phinnemore
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter7
Pages121-138
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9780429788918
ISBN (Print)9781138350700
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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Terzi, Ö. (2019). The EU–Turkey customs union: Shortcomings and prospects for modernization. In S. Gstöhl, & D. Phinnemore (Eds.), The Proliferation of Privileged Partnerships between the European Union and its Neighbours (pp. 121-138). London: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429435744-7