Turkey will get visa-free regime with the EU in October 2016

The European Union plans to enter Turkey visa-free regime in October 2016 subject to the fulfillment of Ankara in all EU requirements stipulated in the road map.

Thus, the parties reached agreement at the summit EU-Turkey, which was held in Brussels, reported on Tuesday December 1, «Anadolu Agency».

EU Commissioner for migration stated that in addressing the refugee crisis, the EU needs Turkey as Turkey in the EU

After the Summit the EU-Turkey Prime Minister of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu, Chairman of the EU Council Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker took part in a joint press conference.

«I decided that every year we will hold two of the summit will accelerate the accession process. Defined the calendar on visa-free regime (with the EU). It (the Summit of EU-Turkey) – a historic day and a historic meeting. After 11 years, was organized this Summit with Turkey. Defined the calendar on visa-free regime (with the EU). In March (2016) first report in June and the entry into force of the agreement on the return of migrants and in October the entry into force of visa-free regime. For all this have something to do and us, and the European Union», — said the Prime Minister of Turkey.

Davutoglu added that 3 billion euros will be spent on the Turkey and Syrian refugees: «Our ultimate goal is the eradication of trafficking and crimes against refugees, as well as a reduction in the number of migrants heading to Europe.»

As previously reported, the European Union and Turkey in late November adopted a joint plan of action to resolve the situation with the influx of migrants from the Middle East and from Africa. Last on the eve of the summit, it was agreed that Turkey will take all measures to stop the flow of refugees through its territory, and the European Union, in turn, will help Ankara to Finance, but will also contribute to the early introduction of a visa-free regime and the country’s membership in the EU.

EU Commissioner for migration stated that in addressing the refugee crisis, the EU needs Turkey as Turkey in the EU

EU Commissioner for migration, home Affairs and citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos noted that the agreement between the European Union and Turkey reached at the summit will facilitate the provision of the European countries that are struggling with the refugee crisis.

Following the meeting in Stockholm with the Minister of internal Affairs of Sweden Anders Humanom and the Minister of justice and immigration Morgan Johansson, he held a joint press conference and stressed the importance of the summit in Brussels, which ended with an agreement between Turkey and the EU, noting that in resolving the refugee crisis, the EU needs Turkey as Turkey in the EU.

Avramopoulos said that the EU and Turkey started a new era, stressing on the necessity to introduce a visa-free regime for Turkish citizens in the promised time. Turkey also has to keep its promises, he said, and reported that in this country there are more than 2 million refugees, and that given Turkey’s 3 billion euros will be spent on them.

In addition, Avramopoulos stressed the importance of Turkey against traffickers, noting that favoured the agreement between the EU and Turkey.

Sweden has the right not to accept refugees from Greece and Italy, it may, if desired, to bring them back, he recalled.

The Minister for justice and migration Morgan Johansson also stated that Sweden will continue passport control at the border, and this control will be cancelled in case the normalization of the flow of refugees. Johansson also stressed the importance of the agreement the EU and Turkey, and its support for Turkey’s accession to the EU.




Turkey will get visa-free regime with the EU in October 2016 02.12.2015

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