: European Commission proposes to lift visa requirements for Turkey

15:10 May. 4, 2016

European Commission proposes to lift visa requirements for Turkey

Turkey-EU Readmission Agreement Signing Ceremony (GettyImages Photo)

Brussels says Ankara still has to meet criteria needed for visa-free travels

The European Commission has proposed to lift visa requirement for Turkish citizens. The decision is expected to come into force till the end of June 2016. This is according to Margrethe Vestager, the European Commissioner for Competition.

"Balanced, strong COM decisions on visa liberalisation, reform of European asylum system + the road back to Schengen", Vestager posted on Twitter. 

The Commissioner also attached a photo of a document with the assessment of Turkey's progress on the visa liberalisation roadmap. According to it, Ankara still has to fulfill some benchmarks required for visa-free travels. 

"The 72 requirements listed in the roadmap are organised in 5 thematic groups: document security, migration management, public order and security, fundamental rights and readmission of irregular migrants", said in the document.

Read also: ISIL hits Turkish city ahead of Merkel's visit

According to the European officials, Ankara has met around a half of the 72 requirements.

Earlier BBC reported the visa liberalisation was a part of the migrant deal between Turkey and the E.U.

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