The European Commission recommends the introduction of a visa-free regime with Turkey

The European Commission recommended the introduction of a visa-free regime for citizens of Turkey, if Ankara immediately fulfils all the conditions for this. "The European Commission now invites the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament to remove visa requirements for Turkish citizens with the understanding that the Turkish authorities urgently fulfill a number of conditions, as they promised on March 18,"   reads the message posted on his Twitter page by the commissioner Margaret Vestager.

First Vice-Chairman of the EC Franz Timmermans explained that Turkey must fulfill five points before the end of June. We are talking about measures to prevent corruption, negotiations on an operational agreement with Europol and judicial co-operation with all EU member states. Furthermore, Turkey should be brought into line with European standards for data protection rules and to review legislation on terrorism. Also, the European Commission proposed an EU legislation additional opportunities for the suspension of visa-free regime in the event of a breach of the agreement.

The liberalization of the visa regime for Turkey is a part of the agreement on refugees signed by Ankara and Brussels in March. As part of this, Turkey should fulfill 72 requirements. The liberalization of the regime applies only to short term - up to 90 days (for a 180-day period) for business, tourist and family goals, inclusive," the European Commission said -02D-.

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