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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 […]

Turkey: Adoption of New Law Aimed at Ending Terrorism and Achieving Social Integration

(Aug. 15, 2014) On July 10, 2014, the Grand National Assembly (Turkey’s parliament) adopted the Law on Ending Terror and Strengthening Social Integration, in six articles. (Berk Çektir, Law on Social Unity Falls Short, TODAY’S ZAMAN (July 20, 2014).) The stated purpose of the Law is to implement solutions to regulate the procedures and principles […]

Turkey: New Amendments to Laws on Judiciary

(Mar. 10, 2014) On February 15, 2014, the Grand National Assembly (GNA) of Turkey passed an omnibus law (Law No. 6524 [in Turkish] (Feb. 15, 2014), GNA website) that amends the following four laws: Law No. 6087 on the High Council of Judges and Public Prosecutors (6087 sayıIı Hâkimler ve Savcılar Yüksek Kurulu Kanunu (Dec. […]