Under the EU - Turkey Cooperation Scheme on Hazelnuts, delegations from the European Union and Turkey met in Reus / Spain on 21st October of 2016, in order to review the 2015-2016 campaign, and inform on the 2016-2017 campaign. In the Turkish side, there were representatives from Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Food Agriculture and Livestock, Ministry of Customs and Trade, Istanbul Exporters' Associations and Black Sea Exporters' Associations. In the EU side, there were representatives from the European Commission, Cooperatives Agro-alimentaria (Spain), FRUCOM, COABISCO, COPA-COGECA (Italy and other countries), FCAC (Spain), JARC-COAG (Spain), Unicoqe (France).
Mr. Ali Haydar Gören (Chairman), Mr. Ahmet Bilge Anbarlilar (Vice Chairman) and Mr. Tahsin Tokgöz (Member of Board) attended the meeting from Istanbul Hazelnuts and Products Exporters Association.
In the first part of the meeting, both delegations gave presentations mainly on crop estimates, foreign trade developments, and consumption as well as information and preview of the 2015-2016 campaign, and inform on the 2016-2017. In the second part, participants discussed the current issues on the agenda about the Turkey's hazelnuts export to the EU. The programme continued with lunch and hazelnuts plant visit in the near region.