Turkey first applied for membership of the European Economic Community (EEC) in July 1959, with the EEC established in 1958. The EEC responded by proposing the establishment of an association as an interim measure leading to full membership. This led to negotiations that culminated in the Ankara Agreement on 12 September 1963.  The Ankara Agreement (association between the Republic of Turkey and the European Economic Community) is an agreement intended to pave the way for Turkey`s accession to the European Economic Community. The association agreement with Turkey provides rights for Turkish nationals and obliges the Ministry of the Interior to apply old and more generous rules to them. The UK Home Office`s original practice of interpreting the agreement so that it applies only to those already in the UK was amended in 2009 to open a route for Turkish nationals to apply for a visa to the Uk, in accordance with the terms of the contract. The Ankara agreement is not extended to Turkish nationals who have entered the UK illegally. There is an agreement between the European Union and Turkey that grants special rights to Turkish nationals. In the past, the EU has entered into association agreements with countries such as Bulgaria, Romania, Poland and other countries that have joined the EU. These have enabled nationals of these countries to work independently in the United Kingdom. Nationals of these countries, including those who arrived in the UK under the old Association Agreements, now have the right to work as independents in the UK because they are members of the European Union. 2. This stage does not last more than twelve years, subject to exceptions that can be taken by mutual agreement.
Exceptions must not impede the final creation of the customs union within a reasonable period of time. The conditions for the implementation of the provisions of this agreement in other areas in these areas will be set at a later date, by mutual agreement between the parties. The parties agree to develop a consultation procedure to ensure the coordination of their trade policies towards third countries and mutual respect for their interests in this area, particularly in the event of the subsequent accession of third countries to the Community or association with the Community.