Dutch Member of the European Parliament Marietje Schaake (ALDE/D66) has asked European Trade Commissioner, Karel de Gucht, to duly consider the impact of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on the Turkish economy and business. Schaake: "Not only does a transatlantic deal seek to set new global trade rules, but especially as a member of the EU's single market through the 1995 Custom Union, Turkey is bound to accept the EU's commitments in the TTIP talks. Without being a part of the trade talks directly. It is important that we assess the implications." In a set of written questions to De Gucht the MEP invites the Commissioner to share his considerations and efforts so far. Impact An independent impact assessment of the TTIP released on March 12th outlined the potential economic benefits for both the EU and the US but also touched on positive effects for global trade and third countries. However it fell short of presenting country-specific indications. Schaake: "The EU and Turkey should jointly investigate the impact of a deal on the Turkish economy, including Small and Medium Seized businesses, which account for a substantial share of Turkish GDP. With full Turkish backing the EU could strengthen its position vis-à-vis the US at the negotiating table, which eventually can benefit both. Being Turkey's primary trading partner the EU still cannot negotiate on its behalf but at least should take the position of our important trading partner and candidate Member State into account." Candidate country Aside form the Customs Union the EU has a special responsibility towards Turkey as a candidate country for EU-accession. With accession talks progressing arduously, transatlantic trade if carried out in a vacuum could further cool EU-Turkey relations. Schaake: "Keeping Ankara informed and involved in the TTIP talks is the right thing to do and would make clear that the EU is serious about future Turkish EU-Membership, especially since the country and its business have made considerable efforts in adopting over half of the EU's economic and market rules. It would be a mistake to ignore that, risking alienating Turkish business."