No Agreement on Lifting Visas for Turkish Citizens by July – EP’s Schulz

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Bulgaria: No Agreement on Lifting Visas for Turkish Citizens by July – EP’s Schulz File photo EPA/BGNES

There will be no agreement on visa free access to the European Union for Turkish citizens by July, the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, has said.

The European Parliament wouldn’t begin consultations on lifting visa requirements for Turkish citizens because Turkey has yet to fulfil all conditions for visa-free travel in EU’s Schengen zone, DPA quoted Schulz as saying in an interview with German radio broadcaster Deutschlandfunk on Wednesday.

Schulz said that he had not passed the corresponding bill on to the responsible justice committee because as Turkey had not fulfilled five of 72 conditions to win visa waiver. 

"It is not only a question of quantity, but quality, and as far as quality goes, two of the most essential prerequisites - data protection and anti-terrorism laws - have apparently not only not been fulfilled, but not even approached," Schulz said,according to DPA.

The perposal of the European Commission  to give Turkey visa-free travel is part of an agreement between the EU leaders and Ankara that secures Ankara's cooperation in stemming the migrant inflow into Europe.

In return, Turkey must meet the remaining five of a total of 72 requirements to qualify for obtaining free travel. Most notably, Ankara must relax its controversial anti-terrorism legislation that has been used to target journalists and academics.

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Ivailo Ivanov - 20 May 2016 // 07:39:31

The Turks have a plan! EU to open the border for Turkish citizens and than the Turks will intensify the repressions over the Kurds and make many of them migrate to EU.. so this nice and humane ethnic cleansing will solve their main problem. It is strange that the EU bureaucracy, which comprises dumb people .. retreated from their stupid promises at the last moment..

Ivailo Ivanov - 19 May 2016 // 18:47:35

Who has authorized the EU commission to select and consider fulfilled 67 requirements???

Ivailo Ivanov - 19 May 2016 // 18:38:32

If the EU commission wanted to humiliate the Turks they achieved that!! But why on the first place Turkey was promised visa removal and entry in the EU, when we all know that this is not just and wise ??? And the unelected EU bureaucracy had no mandate on that.. It overruled the sovereign countries..And why Turkey wants to enter into this domain of toxic usury, consumerism and self distraction???? the EU population is disappearing and there is reason for that. Why the Turks think they will prosper there???

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