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Parliamentary questions
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20 September 2019
Question for written answer E-002892-19
to the Commission
Rule 138
Tomáš Zdechovský (PPE)

 Subject:  Liberalisation of visa requirements for Turkey
 Answer in writing 

Discussions on introducing a visa waiver for Turkish citizens were launched in 2013, and the Commission started issuing annual evaluation reports on Turkey’s progress towards meeting the conditions for the introduction of a 90-day visa-free regime. Negotiations intensified following the agreement on resolving the migration crisis reached by EU and Turkish leaders in March 2016. This agreement set out 72 conditions that Turkey had to meet before a visa-free regime could be introduced. Since then, the Commission has been assessing the situation on a regular basis. In May 2019, the Commission published its latest report on which conditions had been met and which had not. The Commission focuses its criticism on discrimination against minorities and the politicisation of the judiciary.

Is the Commission providing Turkey with regular consultations in order to assist it in fulfilling the conditions for visa liberalisation?

What additional steps does the Commission plan to take in this regard in 2020?

Original language of question: CS 
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