Etienne Schneider attends meetings in Turkey to discuss economic relations

Etienne Schneider Economic Minister Etienne Schneider

Economic Minister Etienne Schneider has attended meetings in Turkey to discuss bilateral economic relations.

The Joint Economic and Trade Commission (JETCO) was held in Istanbul with Turkey Economic Minister Nihat Zeybekçi.

During the meeting, Schneider highlighted the importance of respecting the rule of law and fundamental freedom, particularly in the current political context.

He said: “It is essential that Turkey respects its international commitments in terms of freedom of expression, in particular of the press, which constitutes an essential component of every democratic society.”

He also said it was important to build a favourable business environment to develop foreign investors’ trust.

He added: “It is undeniable that, in the absence of political previsibility and stability, it is very difficult to preserve a favourable business climate.”

Concerning the increasing tension between Turkey and some EU member states, Schneider argued in favour of verbal de-escalation.