EU and Turkey sign Digital Europe Programme Agreement for enhanced tech cooperation

Once the agreement completes the ratification process, Turkey’s businesses, public administrations, and eligible organizations will gain access to the €7.5 billion budget allocated for the Digital Europe Programme between 2021 and 2027.

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The European Commission has signed an association agreement with Türkiye for the Digital Europe Programme, which will come into effect upon ratification. This agreement allows businesses, public administrations, and eligible organizations in Turkey to access the €7.5 billion budget of the Digital Europe Programme from 2021 to 2027.

Turkey can participate in projects related to digital technologies like artificial intelligence and advanced digital skills and establish Digital Innovation Hubs within the country. The agreement aims to strengthen digital technology ties between the EU and Turkey, leveraging Turkey’s capabilities in areas covered by the program, including AI.

It also seeks to enhance cooperation between Turkey and the EU in economic and technological development, particularly for small and medium-sized enterprises. The funds from the Digital Europe Programme will complement other EU programs like Horizon Europe, and specific funding details are outlined in the Work Programmes.

Why does it matter?

This agreement signifies a substantial step toward closer collaboration in digital technologies. However, it promotes technological advancements and economic growth and has broader implications for regional stability and international partnerships. Given Turkey’s strategic geopolitical position, the collaboration could be seen as an attempt to bring Turkey closer to the EU economy and society.