EUTRACU is a collaborative research project currently being undertaken by a joint team of researchers from University of Ghent (Belgium) and Dokuz Eylül University (Turkey), aimed at revealing the impact of the EU's new trade agreements on the customs union between the EU and Turkey. The project is being funded by the Research Foundation - Flanders of Belgium (FWO) and the Scientific and Technological Research Foundation of Turkey (TÜBİTAK).
The European Union (EU) and Turkey established a customs union (CU) in 1995. This is a far-reaching economic relationship providing for a common external customs border between the EU and Turkey. In recent years the EU has also concluded a series of free trade agreements with third countries such as South Korea,Colombia/Peru, the Cariforum group, Singapore, and negotiations are under way with many more countries such as India, Malaysia, Canada, Japan, and even the United States.
Given the economic importance of the EU’s new trading partners, we assume that these agreements will also have an impact on the customs union.
The Flemish and Turkish research teams behind this project allow for an innovative, multidisciplinary approach to this topic. Scholars involved have a strong background in EU and international law, economics and political science, and build on previous cooperation. The main focus of the project is fundamental academic research while attention will also be paid to the policy-relevance of the studies.