European Union sources said on Monday that a bloc’s delegation will visit Turkey in mid-May to debate a visa-free plan and the issue of refugees, who, once again are lately re-entering Europe through Greece in big numbers.
The Union is being examining a plan that was submitted to its relevant bodies by Turkey in February regarding a working deal for Turks in order to be able to travel to Schengen states, visa-free.
“The technical delegation from the EU Commission”, Anadolu reads, “will convey their views on the seven outstanding criteria out of a total of 72 that Ankara was expected to fulfill.”
At the beginning of April, the Turkish minister of EU Affairs, Omer Celik “told lawmakers in the Parliament’s foreign affairs committee that they had already discussed the proposal of visa-free travel with European Commission’s First Vice-President Frans Timmermans.”
“They will send a technical delegation [on visa liberalization] to Turkey this month,” Celik said, adding: “They will convey their views [on visa liberalization] to us.”
The deal cannot be realised if Ankara does not meet all 72 requirements…. / IBNA
Main Photo (File): Omer Celik (L) with Frans Timmermans (R)