Ministry of European Union Affairs (Turkey)

The Ministry of European Union Affairs (Turkish: Avrupa Birliği Bakanlığı ) is a ministry of the Turkish government responsible for the accession process between the Republic of Turkey and the European Union. Formed on June 29, 2011, the ministry has been headed by six ministers in the past, namely Egemen Bağış (2011–2013), Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu (2013–2014), Volkan Bozkır (2014-August 2015 and again from November 2015-2016), Ali Haydar Konca (August-September 2015), Beril Dedeoğlu (September-November 2015) and the incumbent Ömer Çelik, in office since 24 May 2016.[2]

Ministry of European Union Affairs
Avrupa Birliği Bakanlığı
Agency overview
FormedJune 29, 2011 (2011-06-29)
Preceding agency
  • General Secretariat of the European Union
Dissolved10 July 2018
JurisdictionGovernment of Turkey
HeadquartersMustafa Kemal District
2082nd Street
No: 4 06510
Bilkent, Ankara
Annual budget₺291,238,000 (2015)[1]
Minister responsible
  • Ömer Çelik, Minister of European Union Affairs and Chief Negotiator
Agency executives
  • Alaattin Büyükkaya, Deputy Minister
  • Rauf Engin Sosyal, Undersecretary

The Ministry is responsible for co-ordinating negotiations and accession projects throughout the 81 Provinces of Turkey in order to develop relations between Turkey and the European Union. The Minister responsible concurrently serves as the Chief Negotiator during the accession process.

After the declaration of new government after the presidential election in 2018, the ministry was dissolved and it became Directorate for EU Affiars un de Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


The Ministry of European Union Affairs operates the following 16 directorates:[3]

Directorate for Political AffairsEge ErkoçakDirector
Directorate for Accession PolicyElif KurşunluDirector
Directorate of Sectoral PoliciesAylin Çağlayan ÖzcanDirector
Directorate of Social, Regional and Innovative PoliciesKayhan ÖzümDirector
Directorate of Economic and Financial PoliciesAylin SakızlıoğluDirector
Directorate of Single Market and CompetitionLale ÇelikDirector
Directorate of Agriculture and FisheriesGökhan AralanDirector
Directorate of Financial CooperationBeyza TuranDirector
Directorate of Civil Society, Communication and CultureAnıl TurpçuDirector
Directorate of Project ImplementationBülent ÖzcanDirector
Directorate of European Union LawÖzlen Üstün KavalalıDirector
Directorate of Translation Coordinationİlksen Hilâl TanrıkurtDirector
Directorate of Training and Institution BuildingOsman DüzelDirector
Directorate of Research and DocumentationSelçuk BayraktaroğluDirector
Directorate of Administrative ServicesMehmet Nuri Erikel
İhsan Kaan Erkman
Mustafa Yılmaz
Head of Department
Head of Department
Department of Strategic DevelopmentBengül GökcanHead of Department


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  3. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-03-27. Retrieved 2015-03-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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