Prof. Altunbaşak Visits EU Minister Çavuşoğlu

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Minister of EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu welcomed TÜBİTAK President Prof. Dr. Yücel Altunbaşak at his office in the ministry building.

In his speech, Minister of EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator Çavuşoğlu stated that the 7th Framework Programme, with a total budget of 50.5 billion euros, was one of the biggest R&D programmes in the world, and that TÜBİTAK was responsible for the implementation of the programme in Turkey, noting that during Turkey’s negotiations for EU membership, the “Science and Research” stage had been opened and provisionally closed for negotiation.

Çavuşoğlu pointed out that Turkey is willing to contribute to the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme, with a 70.2 billion euro budget, in the 2014-2020 term, if conditions are suitable, and that the government would make the most of the programme in order to fulfil their 2023 goals. He also expressed his expectation that TÜBİTAK, with whom the Ministry of EU Affairs had been working in close collaboration, would continue to sustain its ongoing successes in the following years.