EU-Turkey Readmission Agreement Enters Into Force

World » EU | October 1, 2014, Wednesday // 18:59
Bulgaria: EU-Turkey Readmission Agreement Enters Into Force EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom, photo by EPA/BGNES

The Readmission Agreement between Turkey and the EU entered into force on October 1.

EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom welcomed the entry into force of the agreement, stressing that it concluded a long process and represented a significant step forward.

“Thanks to this agreement it will be possible to swiftly return persons who are irregularly residing on the territories of the Parties in full respect of international law and fundamental rights, including the principle of non-refoulement. The entry into force of the Agreement will therefore help to better manage the irregular migration flows arriving to the EU from the Turkish territory. A full and effective implementation of the Readmission Agreement is also one of the requirements included in the Roadmap towards the Visa-free regime with Turkey. Therefore today's entry into force of the agreement represents important progress in the perspective of visa liberalization," Malmstrom said in a statement on Wednesday, as cited by the EC press office.

On 16 December 2013, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmstrom and the Turkish authorities, signed in Ankara, the EU-Turkey readmission agreement, and initiated, jointly, the EU-Turkey Visa liberalization dialogue.

The agreement includes provisions related both to the readmission of the nationals of the EU Member States and Turkey, and to the readmission of any other persons including the third country nationals and the stateless persons that entered into, or stayed on, the territory of either sides directly arriving from the territory of the other side.

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