2nd Turk - Ita Forum

23-24 November, Istanbul

Conrad Hotel

The second Ital-Turk Dialogue Forum, promoted by UniCredit, Limes, the geo-political magazine and SAM (Center for Strategic Research), was held in Istanbul on November 23 and 24, 2005.

The event resumed the discussion with authorities from the Italian and Turkish political, economic and academic world which began with the first Forum held in Rome in 2004.

The Forum took place in Istanbul not long after October 3, the day on which agreements were signed for the beginning of talks concerning Turkey joining the European Union. "An important moment in the long relations between the EU and Ankara", said Carlo Salvatori, Chairman of UniCredit, during the introductory session. "The fact is gaining ground that, when hypothetically calculating the costs and benefits of Turkey's inclusion in the EU, the advantages are much higher". The introductory session also featured Mustafa Koc, President of Koc Holding, Abdullah Gul, Minister of Foreign Affairs from Ankara, Roberto Antonione, Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs for Italy (who reiterated support of the Italian Government for Turkey's entrance into the Union), Alessandro Profumo, CEO of UniCredit, Tevfik Bilgin, Chairman of BDDK (Turkey's banking watchdog), Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, Chairman of Confindustria (General Confederation of Italian Industries) and Omer Sabanci, Chairman of Tusiad (the Turkish Confindustria), who focused on the growth of trade between the two Mediterranean countries.

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