Relations with the European Union in the Field of Environment

The EU accession process requires that candidate countries are not only responsible for transposing the EU acquis into their internal law, but are also responsible for establishing the administrative and legal structures in charge of implementing the legislation they have harmonized.

The Chapter on Environment was opened to acceession negotiations on December 21, 2009. The approximation process in the field of environment has been carried out by the related Ministries, government agencies, local authorities, municipalities, financial institutions also taking into account the evaluations of NGO’s. In this framework, special projects focusing on drafting new legislation, reviewing of compliance of national legislation to EU legislation and evaluation of investment requirements in the field of environment have been carried out.

The steps taken by Turkey on the path to EU membership and harmonization process of environmental legislation will directly increase environmental standards and ensure sustainable development.