Dec 03 2017

Ankara plans to meet EU criteria for visa liberalisation – Daily Sabah

Turkish ministers drafted a plan to meet European Union’s criteria to speed up the visa liberalisation process, Turkish pro-government newspaper Daily Sabah reported.

EU Minister Ömer Çelik, Justice Minister Abdülhamit Gül, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, and Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu will submit the roadmap to Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for approval, daily said, following approval Çavuşoğlu plans to bring it to the EU Foreign Ministers summit on Dec. 12.

EU’s criteria include changes to Turkey’s anti-terror law and cooperation agreement between Turkish National Police and Europol, Daily Sabah reported.

The visa-free travel for Turkish citizens to EU member countries is part of the ‘refugee deal’ signed between Turkey and EU in March 2016, where Turkey agreed to stop Syrian refugee flow to Europe in exchange of €3 billion financial aid and promise of accelerated EU membership talks.

Ankara has threatened to ‘open borders’ if EU does not keep its promise.