Question for written answer to the Commission on European Union–Turkey Customs Union and Trade Barriers
On 11 May 2020, the Turkish government announced it would impose additional tariffs of 30% on products such as refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers, air conditioners, cables, machine parts, zippers, and lighters.
This recurrent practice of ‘additional duties’ imposed by Ankara has created an increasing number of trade barriers to EU companies and breaches of the Customs Union. Turkey subjects products originating in third countries to additional duties when imported via the EU even if they are in free circulation. All such imports de facto need to have certificates of origin issued, even when exporting goods already in free circulation within the EU to Turkey with an A.TR movement certificate.
This raises even more concerns for operators and to higher value-added product manufacturers in the EU.
Against this background:
What steps is the Commission taking in order to ensure that Turkey’s actions do not result in breaches of either the letter or the spirit of European Union–Turkey Customs Union agreements?