According to the Turkish tradition, it is customary for the host to serve Turkish coffee to guests as soon as they arrive, as a gesture of hospitality.  As parties start sipping their coffee from traditional demitasse cups, they also engage in a short pep talk to “melt the ice” which spurs on the main conversation. Therefore a cup of Turkish coffee is an important part of daily social and business life in Turkey as stated in the following proverb:

“A cup of coffee will not be forgotten for 40 years”…

The intent of the Turkish Coffee Briefings is to carry that tradition over to our roundtable discussions in Brussels. Since the Turkish coffee is inherent in the social customs in showing respect to each other, intrinsic in interpersonal relations of people as the icebreaker and it is an expression of hospitality, we want to apply the same principles to our intellectual debates.

At the Turkish Coffee Briefings we will host the participants to discuss a topic by exchanging ideas from different perspectives and creating an intellectual framework of debate in an entertaining and enjoyable manner, while we are savoring our freshly brewed coffee and Turkish delights of different flavors. These roundtable sessions are devoted to promoting debates concerning selected topics in relation to the European social, economic and political agenda. The sessions are introduced by guest speakers, followed by the views of the participants.

Public Speaking, 60 seconds to convince – Başarılı bir Konuşmacı Olmak, İkna etmek için 60 saniye



Tools of the Trade : Public Speaking – 60 seconds to convince

Turkish Coffee Briefings hosted András Baneth as the guest speaker for Young Professionals in Foreign Policy meeting on December 11, 2014. The event consisted of a mini-seminar aiming to improve public speaking skills of the participants.

TurkishCoffeeBriefingsMr. Baneth talked about the importance of communication, as everyone –especially in Brussels- is in the business of communicating ideas, whether we are trying to trigger change, to convince someone to join our side or to unlock a funding. The goal of the event was to acquiring the skills to communicate more effectively, in a shorter amount of time by merging the concept of ‘The Elevator Pitch’, which is a business term for trying to convince someone in an elevator in less than 60 seconds, and ‘SUCCES’, the acronym used to establish 6 principles in successful communication.


The event concluded with a mini-workshop where the participants spoke about themselves and their ideas by using the ‘SUCCES’ technique within the 60 seconds time frame.



İşin Püf Noktası: Başarılı bir Konuşmacı Olmak – ikna etmek için 60 saniye

Türk Kahvesi Brifingleri’nin 11 Aralık 2014’te yapılan toplantısında konuşmacı András Baneth, Dış Politikada Genç Profesyoneller (Young Professionals in Foreign Policy) topluluğu için başarılı bir konuşmacı olmak konusunda kısa bir seminer verdi.

TurkishCoffeeBriefingsİletişimin önemi hakkında konuşan Baneth, bir fon için destek almak, fikrimizi diğer insanlara aktarmak veya bir değişimi sağlayabilmek için olsun, aslında -özellikle de Brüksel’de- herkesin iletişim dünyasının bir parçası olduğunu anlattı. Toplantının amacı AB kurumları, AB ile yakın çalışan kurumlar ve diplomatik çevrelerden katılımcılara daha iyi iletişim kurmaları ve bunu en kısa süre içinde yapabilmek için yardımcı olmaktı. Bu teknikler bir iş dünyası terimi olan ‘Asansör Konuşması’ yani bir kişiyi bir asansörde 60 saniye içinde ikna edebilmek amacını taşıyan başarılı iletişim için altı ilkeyi içeren ‘SUCCES’ (başarı) kısaltması kullanılarak anlatıldı.

Toplantı katılımcıların kendileri ve fikirleri hakkında ‘SUCCES’ teknikleriyle hazırladıkları 60 saniyelik konuşmalar için çalıştıkları kısa bir workshop ile sona erdi.

SMEs & European Economy – Kobiler & Avrupa Ekonomisi



TÜRKONFED has become member of UEAPME, Europe’s main business NGO for the small and mid- sized entreprises and inaugurated its Brussels Office on 17 November 2014 . As ‎Turkey’s leading business organisation representing small and medium sized companies as well as having as member the main business organisation TÜSİAD as member, TÜRKONFED‎become a new channel of Turkey’s integration to the EU.

On this occasion, a session of Turkish Coffee Briefings was held on 18 November with the Mr Süleyman Onatça, President of TÜRKONFED, as speaker. In the debate the following points are discussed among the participants:

– Impact of the EURO zones crisis on the Turkish companies

– Transposition of the single market rules and laws to the Turkish legal order

– Transatlantic partnership, TTIP talks and Turkish business interests.

– Importance of opening new chapters in Turkey’s EU membership negotiations, especially those on the single market, energy and the rule of law.


Türkkonfed, Avrupalı küçük ve orta ölçekli iş dünyası temsil kuruluşlarının çatı kuruluşu UEAPME’nin üyesi olmuş ve Brüksel’de 17 Kasım 2014’te Brüksel ofisini açmıştır.

Bu girişimiyle, TUSIAD’ın da üyeleri arasında bulunduğu TURKONFED Türkiye’nin önde gelen küçük ve orta ölçekli iş dünyası temsil kuruluşu olarak Türkiye’nin Avrupa Birliği’ne entegrasyon sürecinde önemli yeni bir kanal oluşturdu. 

Türk Kahvesi Brifingleri 18 Kasım’da TURKONFED Başkanı Süleyman Onatça’nın konuşmacı olduğu bir toplantıya ev sahipliği yapmıştır. Türk iş dünyasının temsilcileri olan katılımcılarla gerçekleştirilen kahve sohbetinde aşağıdaki konulara değinilmiştir:

–  Euro bölgesi krizinin Türk iş dünyası üzerindeki etkileri

– Tek pazar yasaları ve kurallarının Türk hukuk sistemine aktarılması süreci.

– Transatlantik ortaklık, Transatlantik Ticaret ve Yatırım Ortaklığı (TTIP) müzakereleri ve Türk iş dünyasının çıkarları. 

– Tek pazar, enerji ve hukuk devleti alanlarını ilgilendiren AB müzakere başlıklarının açılmasının önemi.


Turkish Coffee Briefings: ” How innovative are the EU’s innovation policies ? “

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How Can Public Private Partnerships Stimulate Innovation Economy? What Can be the Role of the Industry? Guest Speaker: Sinan Tumer


Guest speaker Sinan Tumer :

Sinan TumerSenior Director SAP Co-Innovation Lab Sinan Tumer is the Senior Director of SAP Co-Innovation Lab in the East Coast region of USA. He is responsible for establishing an open innovation process by harnessing SAP’s partner ecosystem to deliver innovative business solutions to SAP’s customers. Previously he was responsible for managing international research policies at SAP Research with special focus on Research & Innovation deployment and early adoption programs of the US and EU governments. During his long career at SAP America, he held various management positions like Director of Operations at SAP Research, Consulting Director of the US North East region and Software Partner Alliance Director. Prior to joining SAP, he had held various IT management positions at various Consumer Goods companies and Systems Integration consulting positions at Andersen Consulting and Price Waterhouse. Sinan has a Master degree in Systems Engineering and a Master of Science in Computer Sciences, both from Georgia Institute of Technology.


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Why is innovation topic important? What  is this hype around it?  It is important for governments because innovation drives economic growth, job creation and social impact. It is important for the industry because innovation drives revenue growth. It is important for the society because it enables better life for citizens.

It is worth mentioning some concrete examples:

  • 70% of productivity comes from innovation whereas only  other 30% come from human and physical capital
  • Most innovations are enabled by ICT – general purpose enabling technology
  • $1 investment in ICT creates $25 economic value, whereas $1 investment in non-ICT returns $1
  • Something unique happens when human capital and other workplace practices are combined with information technology.
  • By 2020 the Internet will add $3.8 trillion to the global economy- more than the total GDP of Germany.
  • ICT was responsible for 75% of S. productivity growth from 1995 to 2002, and 44% from 2000 to 2006.
  • McKinsey estimates that because of the Internet, 2.4 jobs were created for every 1 job lost.

 See the slides >> Sinan Tumer-Presentation-Turkish Coffee Briefings

In a typical innovation cycle there are 4 stages

  • Discovery (basic research)
  • Inventions (applied research)
  • Innovation (First test pilot product or service )
  • Implementation (Commercial product, go to market)

Governments provide 70% of the funding for the first two stages. Third and fourth stages are funded by the industrial investors.

 In order to real innovation take place, the invention has to be implemented, in other words it has to be taken out of a “lab” environment to the “market”.

The 4-step cycle is not straight forward and gets complicated. It is a challenge toTCB Sinan Tumer 1 transition from the Invention stage to the Innovation stage. There is a “huge” innovation gap which can be called “Valley of Death” with uncertainties and challenging obstacles such as government regulations, lack of investment funds, unclear market benefits or competitive obstacles. Governments can push research funds but unless there is a market accepting inventions, the “innovation gap” will remain. Market demand has to be created for innovative products and services to attract investment funds for innovation.

How can we overcome this challenge? Creation of a Co-innovation Ecosystem can enable successful transfer of Research Results into breakthrough Innovations that is  creation of Public Private Partnerships consisting of Governments, Universities and industry:

Each of the ecosystem’s “partners” has unique roles to play in the innovation cycle. 

  • The role of the government is to set national innovation agenda, priorities and regulatory policies. . Governments do not innovate but they fund research. They also create demand to procure innovative products (Pre-Commercial Procurement for example)
  • Universities conduct basic and applied research, develop intellectual capital, but rarely take inventions to the market although recently there are universities supporting startup (spinoff) programs through their technology transfer offices, especially in the US.
  • The role the industry is to take inventions to the market; this is where the economic and the social impact take place. Innovative industries can vary by size, SME, startup, large company with existing innovation infrastructure and  university spinoffs.


Stakeholders, although they have different goals and objectives, have to work together to get to the “Promised Land” which is a society built upon Innovation Economy, where knowledge is constantly created and economic sustainability  is the norm.  However it is not a straight forward road to get there, there are barriers on the way!


Turkish Coffee Briefings is a roundtable debate club in Brussels. The sessions are introduced by a guest speaker, followed by 45 minutes of exchange of views by participants. Turkish coffee and delights are served. The topics are selected in relation with the current European social, political and economic agenda. Each session may be followed by a short report summarizing the debate points based on the Chatham House rules. The purpose is to create an intellectual framework of debate from a selected group of participants, structured in a way to enable open discussion and stimulate new ideas.


“Turkey’s Political Outlook and European Challenges”, Guest speaker: CHP President Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu

Turkish Coffee Briefings Meeting, European Parliament Guest speaker: Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, CHP President, Main Opposition Leader of Turkey, Vice-President of the Socialist International “Turkey’s Political Outlook and European Challenges” Introductory remarks by Alojz Peterle (EPP), MEP, President of the Friends of … Continue reading


Avrupa Parlamentosu’nda Türk Kahvesi Brifingleri: Konuk konuşmacı CHP Genel Başkanı Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu

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European Parliament : Power and Politics

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A new Turkish Coffee Briefings was on the topic of “European Parliament: Power and Politics”.  The introductory speech was given by Richard Corbett, Cabinet Member of the European Council President Van Rompuy and former Member of the European  Parliament. He is the … Continue reading


Greening Turkey : Is there an European vision ?

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Türkçe bülteni indirmek için tıklayınız: Turk Kahvesi Brifingleri: Daha yesil bir Turkiye: Bir Avrupa vizyonu var mı? Dr Uygar Ozesmi Yüksek çözünürlüklü fotoğraflar için fotoğrafların üzerine tıklayınız. A new Turkish Coffee Briefing was focused on the topic of “Greening Turkey: is there an … Continue reading


Turkey and the Middle East: Shadow-boxing or Soft Power ?, TCB meeting in the European Parliament

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Türkçe metni indirmek için tıklayınız : Türk Kahvesi Brifingleri Avrupa Parlamentosunda Within the framework of the European Parliament Young Leaders Seminar, which was organized for the fifth time under the auspices of the President of the European Parliament this year, a … Continue reading


Turkish Coffee Briefings: “Time to act for Youth Employment in Europe”

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Turkish Foreign Policy and the EU

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The first roundtable meeting of Turkish Coffee  Briefings was held on the topic of  Turkish Foreign Policy and Europe . The guest speaker was Mr Faruk Loğoğlu, MP, Vice-President of the CHP (Turkish social democratic / main opposition party ) and … Continue reading