EU-Turkey Visa Waiver in 2017 'Completely Realistic' - Hahn

World » SOUTHEAST EUROPE | September 26, 2015, Saturday // 14:50
Bulgaria: EU-Turkey Visa Waiver in 2017 'Completely Realistic' -  Hahn Johannes Hahn, EU Commissioner responsible for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, is one of the two mediators in the talks. Photo by EPA/BGNES

EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn has said it is "completely realistic" to believe that a visa-free regime could be implemented with Turkey over the next two years.

In interview with German daily Die Welt, Hahn has explained this could happen if Ankara meets "a number" of criteria, including stricter border controls and biometric passports.

He has added Turkey should work together with the EU to fight counterfeit documents.

Currently EU member states and Turkey arrange cross-border movement on a bilateral basis.

Hahn, on the other hand, has stressed that Turkey is not moving "in a European direction" and is not doing enough for a sustainable fight against corruption.

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