22:54 GMT +307 December 2019
Listen Live
    A Turkish guard of honor hold a EU and a Turkish flag (File)

    Turkey Has to Meet Five Remaining Requirements on Visa-Free Regime With EU

    © AP Photo / Burhan Ozbilic
    Get short URL
    0 31

    Turkey has yet to meet five of the 72 conditions necessary for the liberalization of the visa regime with the European Union, European Commission spokeswoman Natasha Bertaud said Tuesday.

    BRUSSELS (Sputnik) — On March, Brussels and Ankara agreed that Turkey citizens would be granted visa-free travel to the Schengen zone once it had met the 72 conditions set by the European Union, in return for taking back all undocumented migrants arriving at European shores via Turkey. Ankara has not fulfilled the five conditions that relate to data protection and anti-terror laws.

    "The situation has not changed since we published our last progress report where we outlined the five remaining benchmarks that are still to be met," Bertaud told journalists.

    According to Bertaud, the required reformulation of the definition of terrorism, which is a sensitive issue in Ankara, is designed to increase the effectiveness of the fight against terrorism.

    "The reason we have this benchmark is because we want our partners and neighbors to fight terrorism effectively. What we are asking is that there is an element of proportionality introduced into the definition of terrorism currently under Turkish legislation," Bertaud added.

    Turkey's current definition of terrorism includes non-violent political activities that can be exploited by the authorities to jail dissident journalists and academics. The European Union wants Turkey to narrow its definition of terrorism to avoid potential crackdowns on journalists as well as to ensure fair trials and freedom of speech and assembly.

    Earlier this month, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned that Ankara would withdraw from migration deal with Brussels unless the visa waiver is implemented by mid-October.


    West's 'Plan B': Why EU, NATO Seeking to Prevent Russo-Turkish Alliance
    EU Should Not Rely on Turkish 'Goodwill' on Migrant Issue - Hungary Gov't Office
    One Month On, Turkey's Failed Coup Sees EU Relations Go From Bad to Worse
    Belgian FM Proposes to Discuss Russia-Turkey Relations on EU-NATO Level
    Putin and Erdogan Talks: Will Russia-Turkey Reset Spell the End of NATO, EU?
    Turkey to Decline Migrant Deal With EU Unless Bloc Sets Date of Visa Lifting
    Fresh Fears for EU-Turkey Migrant Deal as Ankara Rules Out Anti-Terror Changes
    Austria to Bloc Turkey's EU Accession as Tension Builds Over Migrant Deal
    Turkey's Withdrawal From Migrant Deal to Be 'Ruinous' for EU – Italian Minister
    'No Alternative': EU Needs Turkey Migrant Pact, In Spite of Austria's Misgivings
    EU-Turkey migrant deal, European Union, Natasha Bertaud, Turkey
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik