The Promotional Event of the Competitive Sectors Programme which aims to increase the competitiveness of enterprises and SMEs in domestic and foreign markets under the financial cooperation between the European Union and the Republic of Turkey was held in Ankara on March 15-16. Minister of Industry and Technology, Mr. Mustafa Varank, Head of the EU Delegation to Turkey, Ambassador Mr. Nikolaus Meyer-Landrut with Deputy Foreign Minister and President of the European Union Affairs, Ambassador Mr. Faruk Kaymakcı joined to the ceremony.
Speaking at the event held at the Sheraton Hotel with the theme of “Effect and Beyond”, Minister Varank said, “We continue our cooperation activities and harmonization arrangements in economic, political and social fields without slowing down. Our reform packages in the field of law, human rights and economy, which were announced recently by our President, are the best reflection of this. In this sense, we want to benefit more from the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance and Union Programs, which are among the main financial instruments we have applied in the process of harmonization with the EU. " used the expressions. Referring to the details of the program, Minister Varank said, "In the first period of the Competitive Sectors Program covering the years 2007-2013, we implemented 46 projects with a total budget of 520 million Euros in 43 cities from Hatay to Rize, from Van to Kastamonu. We established laboratories, R&D, design and application centers that will increase the added value of the products of our entrepreneurs, especially SMEs. " used the expressions.
Minister Varank stated that they implemented the second period of the program between 2014-2020 with the theme of "Competitiveness and Innovation", and within the scope of the Competitive Sectors Program, we supported 41 projects with a budget of approximately 260 million Euros. There are a wide variety of projects, from the digital game industry to obtaining fuel from algae, from fighting cancer to digital transformation. " used the expressions.
Head of EU Delegation to Turkey Ambassador Nikolaus Meyer-Landrut Turkey Speaking at the meeting highlighted the cooperation with the EU's industry and technology carried out in the field. “It is clear that we share many goals and priorities when it comes to the competitiveness of the industry, research, technology and innovation. Investing in these areas is becoming increasingly important to shape a better future through smart, sustainable, inclusive and green growth. In this context, I would like to express my satisfaction with the new economic reform package announced by President Erdogan. The package focuses on key issues that closely concern the economic well-being of the country. " said.
Opening Speaking of Foreign Affairs in his speeches Deputy Minister and European Union President Faruk Kaymakcı project in the actual benefits of specifying Turkey could be achieved with the completion of European Union membership, Industry and Technology Ministry for EU and External Relations General Manager Mustafa Erdogan said: "The most basic way to grow our economy a more innovative, more We know that it is through creating an inclusive ecosystem and generating high added value. With this awareness, we are implementing the Competitive Sectors Framework Program within the framework of financial cooperation between the European Union and our country. used the expressions.
On the second day of the Competitive Sectors Program Promotion Event, academicians, project beneficiaries, industrialists from non-governmental organizations and public employees came together. In the event organized with the theme of “Effect and Beyond”, the framework and studies of the third period of the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA), whose preparations started last year, were shared with the participants.
In the panel titled “Preparing for the Future”, the next financial opinion and strategic direction expectations for IPA were discussed. Explaining the third term draft plans of IPA at the panel, Ahmet Alperen Sağkaya, Head of the European Union Financial Programs Department, said that 42% of the projects funded by the European Union are digital transformation projects. Sağkaya said, "In the next period, we need to focus on green reconciliation and digital transformation projects." used the expressions.
In a speech titled “We Are Stronger Through Joint Efforts”, Competitive Sectors Program Technical Assistance Project Team Leader Natasa Gospodjinacki pointed out that the visibility of projects is important for success. Natasa Gospodjinacki also stated that the correct use of funds for projects will positively affect future project funding.
In the “experience sharing” sessions, the project beneficiaries of the IPA 2 period shared their knowledge and experiences. Following the meeting, the participants came together in concurrent sessions titled Visibility Information Meeting, Technical File Preparation, Tender and Evaluation, Implementation. The Competitive Sectors Program Promotion Event ended with the presentation of the findings of the technical working groups.