Civil Society Dialogue Programme is a platform and a financial support tool that brings together civil society organisations from the EU and Turkey around common topics, to exchange knowledge and experience, and to build a sustained conversation between the organisations. The Programme plays a critical role in introducing better recognition and understanding of Turkey in the EU, and to communicate EU’s basic values and principles, legislation, political and economic structures to Turkey.
The Ministry for European Union Affairs administers the Civil Society Dialogue Programme, co-financed by the European Union and Republic of Turkey. Contracting authority of the Programme is the Central Finance and Contracts Unit, and since 2008, it is implemented covering various themes and organizations. During the first three phases of the Civil Society Programme EU and Turkish communities came closer, became familiar to each other, enhanced mutual understanding, exchanged knowledge and experience that enabled over 450 dialogue based partnerships. Through many grant projects hundreds of collaborations; thousands of events took place in a wide geography from Turkey to EU Member States.
Thanks to the Programme both in Turkey and the EU, messages supported the aim to learn and know about each other for better understanding. These important messages will continue to expand throughout the fourth phase of the Programme. 80 dialogue based projects between Turkey and EU ranges in 9 different fields: energy; environment; justice, freedom and security; consumer and health protection; regional policy and coordination of structural instruments; right of establishment and freedom to provide services; enterprise and industrial policy; agriculture and fisheries, and education.
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