Visa-free regime with Turkey profitable for EU – minister
Baku, Azerbaijan, March 10
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Visa-free regime between Turkey and the European Union (EU), which will enter into force in autumn 2016, in the first place is beneficial for the EU itself, Volkan Bozkır, the Turkish minister for EU affairs, said, the Turkish news agency Anadolu reported March 10.
Bozkir said it is possible that after the visa-free regime between Turkey and the EU enters into force, Ankara may establish visa regime with a number of Eastern European countries.
Unlike some EU countries, there are normal conditions for doing business in Turkey, he said.
Earlier, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker said that the EU may introduce a visa-free regime with Turkey in the autumn of 2016, assuming Ankara implements all the necessary requirements.
Earlier, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that full membership in the EU continues to remain a priority for Turkey.
The Association Agreement between the EU and Turkey was signed in 1963. Ankara filed application for the EU membership in 1987. The negotiations on Ankara's joining the EU started only in 2005.
Although Turkey annually conducts a series of reforms for the EU membership, Ankara still cannot become a full member of the European Union.
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