Ministry of Environment and ForestryThe main beneficiary of RENA in Turkey is the Ministry of Environment and Forestry.
Turkey is a Candidate Country for EU membership following the decision of the Helsinki European Council of December 1999. Accession negotiations started in October 2005. Since then the EU has provisionally closed the chapter on Science and Research and opened negotiations on thirteen chapters. Negotiations on the chapter on environment were opened on 21 December 2009. On 18 February 2008, the Council adopted a revised Accession Partnership with Turkey.
Turkey plays important positive role in the Western Balkan. In the period between May 2009 and May 2010 the country held the rotating chairmanship of the South East European Cooperation Process (SEECP).
In the Enlargement Strategy 2010-2011, the European Commission said: “Regarding environment, progress was made on further alignment. Turkey has made good progress on waste management whereas limited progress can be reported on horizontal legislation, air and water quality, industrial pollution, chemicals and administrative capacity. However, Turkey has made very limited progress as regards climate change and no progress in the area of nature protection. Turkey made progress on administrative capacity by putting in place coordinating mechanisms."