2.7. European Union Harmonization Activities

The screening process comprising the first phase of accession negotiations with the EU was started on 3 October 2005 and completed on 13 October 2006. Upon completion of the screening process, preparations for harmonization with the EU acquis have continued.

The Table 2 below shows developments on relevant chapters, in which CBRT participated in screening process as well as in the accession negotiations.

Among chapters that are directly related to the Bank, Chapters “18. Statistics” and “32. Financial Control” were opened to negotiations on 26 June 2007, Chapter “4. Free Movement of Capital” and Chapter “17. Economic and Monetary Policy” were opened to negotiations on 19 December 2008 and 14 December 2015 respectively. Chapter “9. Financial Services” is one of the eight chapters which have been blocked by the decision “negotiations will be blocked until Turkey fully implements its obligations on Cyprus” made at the EU summit on 14‑15 December 2006. However, under the harmonization scope of this chapter, the Law on Payment and Securities Settlement Systems, Payment Services and Electronic Money Institutions (Law No: 6493) entered into force on 27 July 2013. This Law will also provide harmonization with the relevant EU legislation in Chapter “4. Free Movement of Capital”. Chapter “33. Financial and Budgetary Provisions” was opened to negotiations on 30 June 2016. One technical closure criterion has been introduced except for the condition that the Additional Protocol is fully implemented so that the negotiations can be temporarily closed.

Since the start of technical negotiations with the European Comission, three of six closing benchmarks for Chapter “32. Financial Control” have been fulfilled. Among these three, “The legislative and administrative alignment with the Council Regulation (EC) No: 1338/2001, arranging the protection of the euro from counterfeiting” is the one that the Bank has contributed to. Among chapters which are indirectly related to the Bank, Chapter “28. Consumer and Health Protection” was opened to negotiations on 19 December 2007, Chapter “6. Company Law” on 17 June 2008 and Chapter “16. Taxation” on 30 June 2009. Opening benchmarks have been established for Chapter “19. Social Policy and Employment”. Chapter “2. Free Movement of Workers” is still under review by the Council.

In order to monitor the progress achieved in alignment with the EU acquis and to report the progress to the Commission, the Bank continues to provide information to the Ministry of EU Affairs, on the developments in the related chapters.

Table 2. The Status of the Chapters in which the CBRT Participated in the Screening Process and Accession Negotiations

Directly Related Chapters

Final Status in Negotiations

Indirectly Related Chapters

Final Status in Negotiations

4. Free Movement of Capital

Opened to negotiations. (19 December 2008)

2. Free Movement of Workers

In process at the Council.

9. Financial Services

Opening of the chapter was blocked.
(14‑15 December 2006)

6. Company Law

Opened to negotiations. (17 June 2008)

17. Economic and Monetary Policy

Opened to negotiations. (14 December 2015)

16. Taxation

Opened to negotiations. (30 June 2009)

18. Statistics

Opened to negotiations.
(26 June 2007)

19. Social Policy and Employment

Opening benchmarks have been defined.

32. Financial Control

Opened to negotiations.
(26 June 2007)

28. Consumer and Health Protection

Opened to negotiations. (19 December 2007)

33. Financial and Budgetary Provisions

Opened to negotiations. (30 June 2016)



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