Turkey should fulfill 35 conditions for visa-free regime with EU
Baku, Azerbaijan, March 25
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Turkey should fulfill 35 conditions for achieving a visa-free regime with the European Union (EU), Kanal7 TV channel reported.
Previously, Turkey was required to fulfill 72 conditions.
Reportedly, in order to cancel the visa regime with the EU, Turkey's parliament should approve a number of amendments, including the new passports, meeting the EU standards by May 4, 2016.
After canceling the visa regime, Turkish citizens will be able to stay without visa for three months in the following countries: Germany, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Iceland, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Hungary, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Greece.
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, if Ankara implements all the necessary requirements.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has 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 an application for the EU membership in 1987, but the negotiations on Ankara's accession to the EU started only in 2005.
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