Regardless of placing forth a requirement in March that its nationals be allowed Schengen zone visa-free journey by June if it agreed to take again refugees from Greece, Turkey should nonetheless meet all 72 standards for EU accession, the deputy head of the European Fee mentioned in Brussels on Thursday.
“The onus is on Turkey,” First Vice President Frans Timmermans advised the European Parliament. “They are saying they will do it… we is not going to mess around with these benchmarks.”
Within the meantime, Turkish EU Affairs Minister Volkan Bozkir reiterated from Ankara on Thursday that Turkish laws to satisfy European Union standards on visa liberalisation will likely be accomplished by Monday. Reuters reported that Mr Bozkir mentioned he expects the Fee to advocate members permit visa-free journey in Europe for Turkish nationals by June in a report on Wednesday.
The European Fee final week proposed visa-free journey offers with Turkey, Ukraine and Georgia. In keeping with the The Wall Road Journal, EU governments are wanting into implementing a brand new coverage that might permit the bloc to immediately droop and even scrap these preparations ought to the necessity come up.
Visa-free journey inside the EU is a hotly debated situation proper now as governments are set to determine whether or not to maneuver forward with a visa-free journey regime whereas their residents are involved over a mass inflow of refugees.