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Ministry of European Union Affairs (Turkey)

Ministry of European Union Affairs
Avrupa Birliği Bakanlığı

Entrance to the headquarters
Agency overview
FormedJune 29, 2011 (2011-06-29)
Preceding agency
  • General Secretariat of the European Union
DissolvedJuly 10, 2018
Superseding agency
JurisdictionGovernment of Turkey
Annual budget₺291,238,000 (2015)[1]

The Ministry of European Union Affairs (Turkish: Avrupa Birliği Bakanlığı ) was 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 after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan won a third term in the 2011 general election. The Ministry was 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 served as the chief negotiator during the accession process. The Minister concurrently served as the chief negotiator during accession talks with the EU.


The ministry was established after the governing Justice and Development Party won a third term in the general election of 2011, in time for the 61st government of Turkey. Previously, European Union negotiations were handled by the Minister of Foreign Affairs.[2]

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 Ömer Çelik, in office from 24 May 2016 onwards.[3]

Following the declaration of the new government after the presidential election in 2018, the ministry was dissolved, and it was replaced by the Directorate for EU Affairs, a sub-unit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


The Ministry of European Union Affairs operated the following 16 directorates in 2015:[4]

Directorate Administration
Management Position
Directorate for Political Affairs Ege Erkoçak Director
Directorate for Accession Policy Elif Kurşunlu Director
Directorate of Sectoral Policies Aylin Çağlayan Özcan Director
Directorate of Social, Regional and Innovative Policies Kayhan Özüm Director
Directorate of Economic and Financial Policies Aylin Sakızlıoğlu Director
Directorate of Single Market and Competition Lale Çelik Director
Directorate of Agriculture and Fisheries Gökhan Aralan Director
Directorate of Financial Cooperation Beyza Turan Director
Directorate of Civil Society, Communication and Culture Anıl Turpçu Director
Directorate of Project Implementation Bülent Özcan Director
Directorate of European Union Law Özlen Üstün Kavalalı Director
Directorate of Translation Coordination İlksen Hilâl Tanrıkurt Director
Directorate of Training and Institution Building Osman Düzel Director
Directorate of Research and Documentation Selçuk Bayraktaroğlu Director
Directorate of Administrative Services Mehmet Nuri Erikel
İhsan Kaan Erkman
Mustafa Yılmaz
Head of Department
Head of Department
Department of Strategic Development Bengül Gökcan Head of Department

List of ministers of European Union affairs

Between 2011 and 2018, six Ministers were responsible for this department.

# Image Minister Term start Term end Party Government
Egemen Bağış
(1970– )
29 June 2011
25 December 2013
25 December 2013
29 August 2014
Volkan Bozkır
(1950– )
29 August 2014
28 August 2015
28 August 2015
22 September 2015
Beril Dedeoğlu
22 September 2015
17 November 2015
Volkan Bozkır
(1950– )
24 November 2015
24 May 2016
Ömer Çelik
(1968– )
24 May 2016
9 July 2018


  1. ^ "Bütçede aslan payını Maliye Bakanlığı aldı". Archived from the original on 2015-03-05.
  2. ^ "Avrupa Birliği Bakanlığı kuruldu-Ekonomi Haberleri – Zaman Gazetesi". Archived from the original on 2015-07-22. Retrieved 2015-07-22.
  3. ^ "MINISTRY FOR EU AFFAIRS - Republic of Turkey". Archived from the original on 2015-07-06. Retrieved 2016-10-22.
  4. ^ "Ministry for Eu Affairs". Archived from the original on 2015-03-27. Retrieved 2015-03-23.
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