The people of Turkey have voted in a referendum on proposed amendments to the Constitution. We are living in a period of historically important global changes. Regardless of the outcome of the vote, it is now time to stand in solidarity for a stronger Turkey and to look to the future without delay.

Turkey’s structural problems continue today as they did before. Resolving these problems are in Turkey’s national interests and is essential to becoming globally competitive. It is time to progress by preserving freedoms, pluralism and solidarity. We urge the government and parliament to prioritize the reform agenda that is before our country. Our proposals can be summarized under the following three categories:

DEMOCRACY

In a globally competitive environment, it is in Turkey’s national interests to preserve the rule of law, democracy and freedoms. In spirit of the strong commitment to democracy exhibited during the campaign, the following reforms must be prioritized:

ECONOMY

Although the economy confronts serious risks due to uncertainty in the global economy, Turkey’s strong macroeconomic balance, dynamic population and young workforce provide great opportunity. Economic growth can be achieved by reforms that increase productivity as opposed policies that boost demand. To achieve macroeconomic stability in the short term we strongly support measures to reduce inflation below the 5% target. The implementation of structural reforms that builds confidence in Turkey’s economy and international position is of critical importance:

RELATIONS WITH THE EUROPEAN UNION

The Turkey-EU relationship comprises historical depth, active partnership and future gains. The EU accession process is critically important for a globally competitive Turkey. This process provides competitive strength, social prosperity, technological development, finance, investment, exports, tourism and rule of law, which are priorities for Turkey’s national interests. As it progressed towards EU accession, Turkey became a source of economic and democratic reference for advancing countries around the world. At the same time, Turkey has had greater contributions to Europe due to its strong relations with other parts of the world. Meanwhile, the strategy for “Europe’s future” is evolving in concentric circles, with a federal Eurozone in the center of a wider confederal European Union. The goal of accession negotiations may in fact be pursued as Turkey preserves its democratic stability and the EU adopts a flexible integration model. In this respect, the following fields of action should be prioritized:

We believe that, as it reforms in the areas of democracy, economy and the EU process, Turkey’s star will rise as a globally competitive and prosperous country.