Explanation regarding the Application of Electronic Arbitration to Consumer Arbitration Committees (17/03/2020)

  • It has been determined that citizens who want to apply to consumer arbitration boards for the resolution of consumer disputes can make their application electronically via the e-Government portal via TÜBİS (https://www.turkiye.gov.tr/tuketici-sikayeti-uygulamasi) instead of going to the district governorships or consumer arbitration committees.

Measures regulated by the Ministry of Justice (17/03/2020)

  • Apart from the investigations and prosecutions of detainees and other urgent issues, a statement was made regarding the postponement of the hearings and discoveries and the evaluation of the use of the SEGBİS application when deemed necessary.

Measures regulated by the Ministry of National Defense (17/03/2020)

  • Military Schools, Petty Officer Vocational Schools and Military Colleges affiliated to the National Defense University have been vacationed until April 13, 2020. Activities such as ceremonies, conferences, short-term meetings, courses, fairs, and seminars have also been canceled. During this period, visitors will not be admitted to unions, headquarters, and institutions.

Statement by BRSA (Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency) (17/03/2020)

  • Within the decision numbered 8948, amendments were made within the scope of articles 4 and of the Regulation on the Classification of Loans and the Procedures and Principles Regarding Provisions to be Reserved related thereto.
  • The 90-day delay period envisaged for the illiquid claim classification of loans under credit will be applied as 180 days until 31.12.2020 for the loans monitored in the First and Second Groups as of 17.03.2020 and despite the 90-day delay, it has been decided that the provisions to be set aside for the loans that the banks continue to be classified in the second group will be separated according to their own risk models used in the calculation of the expected credit loss under TFRS 9.

Statement by the Revenue Administration (17/03/2020)

  • Within the Tax Procedure Law Circular No. 125 dated 17.03.2020: 
  • The period of issuance of Annual Income Tax returns for the 2019 calendar year, which shall be normally submitted by the end of 31.03.2020, and the payment periods of accrued taxes as per these statements have been extended until the end of Thursday, 30.04.2020.


Ethanol regulation by EMRA (16/03/2020)

  • Refiner and distributor license holders have been suspended of the obligation to blend 3 percent ethanol into gasoline types for 3 months starting from March 13, 2020.
  • Within this regulation, it is aimed to create an additional 20,000 cubic meter ethanol capacity, which can be used in the production of cologne and disinfectants, where the demand has increased due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Statement of BRSA(Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency) (16/03/2020)

  • According to the Guide on Management of Operational Risk, it is stated that banks must prepare a business continuity plan in order to continue their operations and to limit important business interruptions.

Additional Circular by the Ministry of Interior to 81 provincial governorships (16/03/2020)

  • In 81 provinces, theater, cinema, show center, concert hall, engagement/wedding hall, restaurant/café with music, casino, pub, tavern, coffee shop, café, cafeteria, country garden, hookah lounge, hookah cafe, internet hall, internet cafes, all kinds of game halls and indoor children playgrounds (including shopping malls and restaurants), tea garden, clubhouses, amusement park, swimming pool, Turkish bath, sauna, hot spring, massage parlor, SPA, and sports centers have been closed as of March 16th, 2020 at 24.00.
  • All activities of NGOs that bring people together are postponed as of March 16, 24:00.

The suggestion by the Mediation Departmant Head Office (16/03/2020)

  • It has been suggested that the method of teleconferencing shall be preferred in the initiated and ongoing mediation procedures, and for the upcoming mediation meetings, the meeting day shall be given towards the end of the deadlines specified in the law and these meetings should be held through teleconference.

Additional Circular by the Ministry of Interior on Covid 19 measures (15/03/2020)

  • Activities operating in the Public Recreation and Entertainment Areas such as pavilions, discos, bars, nightclubs have been temporarily stopped as of March 16th, 2020 at 10:00 due to increased risk of contagion.