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Turkey: New Minimum Wage

(Jan. 7, 2016) As of January 1, 2016, the net minimum wage paid by Turkish businesses to their employees increased by about 30%, from TL1,000 to TL1,300 per month (about US$333 – $433). The Turkish government is to cover “some 40 percent of the cost,” about TL110, of the increase, amounting in all to around […]

Turkey: Constitutional Court Rulings on “Reasonable Suspicion” in Criminal Procedure Code and on 2014 Changes to Internet Law

(Dec. 30, 2015) The Constitutional Court of Turkey issued two key decisions in December 2015, on amending provisions of a “package” law adopted in December 2014 and on amendments to Turkey’s Internet Law that had been introduced in February 2014.  (Top Court Rejects Appeal Against ‘Reasonable Suspicion’ Clause in Security Law, TODAY’S ZAMAN (Dec. 23, […]

Turkey: Minimum Wage Increase Proposed

(Nov. 17, 2015) It was reported on November 6, 2015, that Turkey’s minimum wage is expected to rise to TL1,300 (about US$451) per month, from the current TL1,000, at the beginning of 2016. Currently, there are about five million workers in Turkey who receive the minimum wage. In addition, employers that sign collective bargaining agreements […]

European Union/Turkey: Cooperation to Manage the Migrant Crisis

(Oct. 16, 2015) On October 4, 2015, the European Union and Turkey agreed on a Draft Action Plan to increase cooperation and coordinate their actions on the refugee crisis, and to reduce the huge flow of immigrants who enter the EU through Turkey. The Draft Action Plan contains short- and long-term measures to tackle the refugee crisis. Its twin objectives […]

Turkey: Rewards Offered for Help in Cracking Down on Terrorists

(Sept. 18, 2015) On August 31, 2015, Turkish authorities issued a new regulation to reward persons who assist in the capture of perpetrators of terrorism. Similar payments for information on terrorist crimes and suspects have been made available in the past but, according to the Ekurd Daily, “the new reward system appears to offer the […]

Turkey: Tightening of Regulation on Meetings and Demonstrations

(Aug. 7, 2015) On August 5, 2015, amendments to the Regulation on Implementation of the Law on Meetings and Demonstrations were published in the Resmi Gazete, Turkey’s official gazette. The amendments introduce new limits on the organization of demonstrations by individuals. (Legal Changes Introduced to Limit Holding of Demonstrations, TODAY’S ZAMAN (Aug. 5, 2015); Toplanti […]

Cyprus; European Court of Human Rights; Turkey: Interstate Application of Cyprus Against Turkey: Just Satisfaction Claims

(Mar. 13, 2015) On January 23, 2015, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, in its annual report on human rights in Cyprus, described the concerns of a number of international and human rights bodies about the implementation of human rights standards on the island due to the “protracted conflict” there. […]

Turkey: Draft Guidelines on Consumption Tax

(Mar. 2, 2015) It was reported on February 27, 2015, that Turkey’s Revenue Administration has published draft guidelines on excise taxes. (René Offermanns, Turkey: Draft Guidelines on Excise Duty Published, TAX NEWS SERVICE (Feb. 27, 2015), International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation online subscription database; Özel Tüketim Vergisi (I) Sayili Liste Uygulama Genel TebligÂÂ?i [General Guidelines […]

Turkey: New Individual Income Tax Rates, Blacklist of Taxpayers with Large Amounts of Unpaid Taxes

(Jan. 26, 2015) Turkey’s Ministry of Finance published new rates for individual income tax on December 30, 2014, in the country’s official gazette. The amounts and rates are as follows: Taxable income (in TRL)/Tax on lower amount/Rate on excess over the minimum income in each category: Up to 12,000 (about US$5,120)/ 0/15%; From 12,000 – […]

Faroe Islands; Turkey; United Kingdom: Free Trade Agreement Impacts Fishing

(Jan 13, 2015) On December 16, 2014, the Faroe Islands and Turkey concluded a free trade agreement, the result of a 15-year process. Details had been worked out in September 2014. The agreement was welcomed by Faroese Prime Minister Kaj Leo Holm Johannesen, who signed the document in Ankara with Turkish Minister of the Economy […]