Volkan Bozkır

Volkan Bozkır (born 22 November 1950) is a Turkish diplomat and politician who served as the Minister of European Union Affairs from November 2015 to May 2016, having previously served from August 2014 to August 2015. He concurrently served as the Chief Negotiator for Turkish Accession to the European Union during the same time. He has served as a Member of Parliament for İstanbul's second electoral district since the 2011 general election.

Volkan Bozkır

Minister of European Union Affairs
In office
24 November 2015  24 May 2016
Prime MinisterAhmet Davutoğlu
DeputyAli Şahin
Preceded byBeril Dedeoğlu
Succeeded byÖmer Çelik
In office
29 August 2014  28 August 2015
Prime MinisterAhmet Davutoğlu
DeputyAlaattin Büyükkaya
Preceded byMevlüt Çavuşoğlu
Succeeded byAli Haydar Konca
Chief Negotiator for Turkish Accession to the European Union
In office
24 November 2015  24 May 2016
Prime MinisterAhmet Davutoğlu
Preceded byBeril Dedeoğlu
Succeeded byÖmer Çelik
In office
29 August 2014  28 August 2015
Prime MinisterAhmet Davutoğlu
Preceded byMevlüt Çavuşoğlu
Succeeded byBeril Dedeoğlu
Member of the Grand National Assembly
Assumed office
12 June 2011
Constituencyİstanbul (II) (2011, June 2015, Nov 2015, 2018)
Permanent Representative of Turkey to the European Union
In office
15 December 2005  21 October 2009
PresidentAhmet Necdet Sezer
Abdullah Gül
Preceded byOğuz Demiralp
Succeeded bySelim Kuneralp
Ambassador of Turkey to Romania
In office
23 August 1996  17 August 2000
PresidentSüleyman Demirel
Ahmet Necdet Sezer
Preceded byYaman Başkut
Succeeded byÖmer Zeytinoğlu
Personal details
Born (1950-11-22) 22 November 1950
Ankara, Turkey
Political partyJustice and Development Party (AKP)
Spouse(s)Nazlı Bozkır
Children2
Alma materAnkara University
WebsiteMinistry for EU Affairs

Life and early career

Volkan Bozkır was born in Ankara, Turkey. He graduated from Faculty of Law at the Ankara University. He speaks fluent English and French.

Timeline of career

FunctionOfficeYear
Vice-consulGeneral Consulate in Stuttgart, Germany1975–1978
Second Secretary & First SecretaryEmbassy in Baghdad, Iraq1978–1980
Chief of SectionBilateral Economic Department1980–1982
First Secretary & CounselorPermanent Delegation to the OECD in Paris1982–1986
Deputy Head of DepartmentMultilateral Economic Affairs1986–1987
Foreign Policy AdvisorPrime Minister Turgut Özal's Office1987–1989
Consul GeneralNew York, United States1989–1992
Chief of Cabinet & Chief Foreign Policy AdvisorPresident Turgut Özal & President Süleyman Demirel1992–1996
AmbassadorBucharest, Romania1996–2000
Deputy Secretary General for EU AffairsMinistry of Foreign Affairs2000–2003
Deputy Under SecretaryMinistry of Foreign Affairs2003–2005
AmbassadorPermanent Representative of Turkey to the European Union2005–2009
Secretary General for EU AffairsMinistry of Foreign Affairs2009–2011
Minister of EU Affairs Ministry of EU Affairs 2014–Present

Honours and medals

Ribbon bar Award or decoration Country Date Place Note Ref.
Order of the Star of Romania  Romania 1999 Bucharest Order od Star is the highest civil decoration of Romania [1]
Knight of Order of Merit of the Italian Republic  Italy 2 June 2014 Ankara Order of Merit is the highest ranking honour of the Republic of Italy [1]

Criticism

Bozkır caused controversy in 2014 when he reported during a press conference that Turkey would no longer participate in the Eurovision Song Contest after Conchita Wurst's victory in Eurovision Song Contest 2014.[2][3] On September 5 the General Manager of TRT, İbrahim Şahin, officially announced that Turkey would not return to 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna.[4] Bozkır's comments during the press conference included "Each time I look at the Austrian who won the Eurovision Song Contest, I say ‘Thankfully, we’re not participating in this contest anymore.'"[5]

References

  1. "Minister for EU Affairs & Chief Negotiator Volkan BOZKIR". Ministry for EU Affairs of Turkey. 30 August 2014. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  2. Granger, Anthony. "Turkey: "Will No Longer Participate" In Eurovision". Eurovoix. Retrieved 14 May 2014.
  3. "Will Turkey participate finally?". eurovision.de.
  4. Jiandani, Sanjay (5 September 2014). "Turkey: TRT confirms no return to Eurovision in 2015". EscToday.com.
  5. "Turkey to return to Eurovision song contest in 2016: state TV". Hürriyet Daily News. 6 February 2014.
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