The “Competitive Sectors Programme: Impact and Beyond” event was held in person and online on the 15th and 16th of March, 2021. The event aimed to promote projects contributing to the targets of the CSP and hence the industry policies of Turkey and the European Union.
In the event, the Minister of Industry and Technology, Mustafa Varank, the Deputy Minister of The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Director for EU Affairs, Mr. Faruk Kaymakcı, Ambassador of the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey, Mr. Nikolaus Meyer-Landrut, as well as the Director General for EU and Foreign Affairs, Mr. Mustafa Erdoğan, made the opening speeches.
The Minister of Industry and Technology, Mustafa Varank, noted that in the second IPA term, SMEs and entrepreneurs in Turkey established partnerships with Europe’s leading institutions and participated in large-scale cooperation projects. Turkey also will continue its technical support for capacity-development projects in the IPA III period between 2021 and 2027, he added.
During the event, the programmes contribution to Turkey’s and the EU’s competitiveness, as well as industrial and innovation policies, were discussed in the presence of the end beneficiaries of the projects pertaining to various areas, including the manufacturing industry, services, creative industries, R&D, innovation and technology transfer.
The end recipients of the projects supported under Competitive Sectors Programme also attended, and some projects were presented.
The second day of the event was entirely dedicated to the projects of the programme. The IPA 1 and IPA 2 impact and lessons learnt was discussed, as well as the future under IPA 3. The presentation of each project followed, and then project beneficiaries gathered in separate rooms to further discuss specific and technical topics. After these sessions, the findings were presented in the plenary session again.
This event was attended by many high authorities, public institutions, Ambassadors of the EU Member States, project beneficiaries and the entire event was covered by national media (TV, printed and social media).