Democracy and stability remain major issues following the attempted coup of 2016, as is the country's role in the ongoing Syria crisis which affects its borders.

Turkey is also pushing for a stronger voice in EU trade policy formulation, to ensure it is included in future EU free trade agreements, and to simplify procedures for Turkish goods vehicles at the borders with Bulgaria and Greece, and when transiting between EU states.

The country also needs to restore fiscal and monetary prudence, deal with foreign debt in the private sector and focus on productivity-improving economic and institutional reforms to gain the confidence of global financial markets.