Ankara uncertain about EU’s abolishing visa regime with Turkey

Ankara doubts that the EU will cancel visa regime with Turkey, the country's Minister for EU Affairs Volkan Bozkir said, the TV channel TRT Haber reported May 13.

He said that the EU requires Turkey to mitigate the law on the fight against terrorism, but it is impossible.

On May 4, the European Commission proposed the EU to cancel the visa regime with Turkey.

Turkey cancelled the visa regime for the citizens of all the 28 EU countries on May 3, but the visa-free travel will be possible after the EU cancels the visa regime for Turkish citizens.

According to the Turkey-EU agreement, the citizens of Cyprus will also be able to take the advantage of the visa-free regime with Turkey.

After cancellation of the visa regime, Turkish citizens will be able to stay without a visa for three months in Germany, Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Iceland, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Hungary, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Greece.

Earlier, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker said the EU may introduce a visa-free regime with Turkey in the autumn 2016 if Ankara implements all the necessary requirements.

An association agreement between the EU and Turkey was signed in 1963. Ankara filed an application for the EU membership in 1987, but the negotiations on Ankara's accession to the EU started only in 2005.

Source: Trend

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