Chief Negotiator for Turkish Accession to the European Union

The Chief Negotiator for Turkish Accession to the European Union (Turkish: Avrupa Birliği Başmüzakerecisi) is the most senior official representing the Republic of Turkey during the country's accession negotiations to the European Union. The position was established on 17 January 2005 by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Following the establishment of the Ministry of European Union Affairs on 29 June 2011, the Minister of European Union Affairs is usually appointed concurrently to serve as the Chief Negotiator. The current Chief Negotiator is the EU Affairs Minister Ömer Çelik, in office since 24 May 2016.

Chief Negotiator for Turkish Accession to the European Union
Turkish: Avrupa Birliği Başmüzakerecisi
Emblem of Ministry of European Union Affairs
Incumbent
Ömer Çelik

since May 24, 2016
Ministry of European Union Affairs and Chief Negotiator
AppointerAhmet Davutoğlu,
as Prime Minister of Turkey
Term lengthNo term limit
Inaugural holderAli Babacan
FormationJanuary 17, 2005
WebsiteMinistry of European Union Affairs

History

With formal accession talks between Turkey and the European Union beginning in the years 2004 and 2005, the role of Chief Negotiator was established to represent the Turkish delegation during the membership negotiations. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan appointed Ali Babacan as the first Chief Negotiator on 17 January 2005, while the then-Foreign Minister Abdullah Gül became the president of the Turkish delegation.[1]

When the Ministry of European Union Affairs was established on 29 June 2011 before Erdoğan formed his third and final government, the Minister responsible for the new department began serving concurrently as the Chief Negotiator. The only event in which this was not the case occurred between 28 August and 22 September 2015, where Ali Haydar Konca was appointed as the Minister for European Union Affairs but was not, according to official records, appointed as the Chief Negotiator.[2]

List of former Chief Negotiators

#ImageMinisterTerm startTerm endPartyGovernment
1
Ali Babacan
(1967– )
17 January 2005
11 January 2009[3]
2
Egemen Bağış
(1970– )
11 January 2009[4]
25 December 2013
3
25 December 2013
29 August 2014
4
Volkan Bozkır
(1950– )
29 August 2014
28 August 2015
Vacant (28 August 2015 – 22 September 2015)
5
Beril Dedeoğlu
(1961–2019)
22 September 2015
17 November 2015
(4)
Volkan Bozkır
(1950– )
24 November 2015
24 May 2016
6
Ömer Çelik
(1968– )
24 May 2016
Incumbent

See also

References

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