“Turkish visa liberalisation can be implemented, this is a promise,” Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said, and the possibility of visa-free travel in the Schengen area was again on the table. What happened in this process, brought up by the refugee crisis? What does the EU want? Is visa-free travel possible?
Relations with the EU have been at a high tide since time immemorial, and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu’s announcement on January 18 that the “visa application to Turkey has been lifted” caused the critical issue to be raised again. “If I said ‘new chapters can be opened immediately’ about the negotiations today, we would not be telling the truth. Not because we don’t want it, but because there are problems with enlargement policies because Europe doesn’t want trade unions, but visa liberalisation can be implemented, that’s a promise, ”he said.
RISING FROM REFUGEE CRISIS
In 2013, a readmission agreement was signed when the refugee crisis broke out, in which refugees fleeing the Civil War in Syria and trying to illegally enter Turkey as a transit zone in the EU, one of the articles of this agreement was to apply for a visa. Liberalization of citizens of the Republic of Turkey on short-term trips to the EU. Accordingly, citizens of the Republic of Turkey will have the right to travel every 180 days for 90 days.
KEY TO FREE MOVEMENT: TURKEY – SCHENGEN
Luxembourg has 26 European countries under the Schengen Agreement signed in 1985. Norway, Iceland and Switzerland, which are not EU members, are also in the Schengen area, while the Republic of Ireland does not use Schengen among EU countries. EU members Croatia, Cyprus, Romania and Bulgaria are in the process of being nominated to enter the Schengen Area.
On 18 March 2016, when the Joint Action Plan for this agreement was implemented, the refugee agreement included financial assistance to Turkey in two equal installments of € 6 billion, ease of visa for Turkish citizens for EU countries, and acceleration of Turkey’s EU entry process. . He said a positive outcome would be possible in the renewed negotiations.
“It is desirable to create participation by re-creating an agenda with the European Union, in fact creating the basis for negotiations and re-bringing the old agenda to the forefront. In today’s conditions, we can’t call it “useless.” Because, realistic or not, if a negotiation dynamic is created between the parties, there is a possibility that this negotiation dynamic will revive relations between Turkey and the EU, which have been frozen for some time and have been frozen for a long time. a negative image. “I was told.
EU CUSTOMS UNION ISSUE MORE IMPORTANT
“Here, too, expectations and the flow of Information need to be managed very carefully. Because by saying, “we have reopened this agenda and it has not happened again,” the whole relationship needs to be prevented from getting to a point where it will do more damage. “There are two common issues that Turkey can discuss constructively with the EU and overlap with each other. One is the issue of visa liberalisation. The other is undoubtedly the process known as the ‘renewal of the customs union’. in public, ” he said.
“The second is more important than the first,” Khan said. second, the EU shows that it is not ready and willing today to hold these talks with Turkey, which it believes has made progress on certain criteria. “
T.C. 72 criteria that must be met when placing a visa liberalisation roadmap on the official website of the European Union presidency of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
The document states that it consists of themes of Security, Migration Management, Public Order and security, Fundamental Rights, repatriation of irregular immigrants to their countries.
So far, 67 of these 72 criteria have been met, leaving behind 5 critical items. The 5 items in question are as follows:
In line with EU recommendations, measures must be taken to prevent corruption.
National legislation on the protection of personal data needs to be harmonised with EU standards.
There needs to be a deal with Europol.
Turkey needs to work with all EU members on criminal matters.
Turkey must comply with terror laws in accordance with European standards.
LIKE BILO THE BANKER …
“The EU will probably raise the same issues,” Khan says at this point. Khan also said:” Since the banker is an Admissions Centre, as in Bilo, ask him, ‘ Look, we didn’t do these things, but why didn’t we?’ and not doing them – regardless of the correctness or injustice of these theses-does not result in the opposite party endorsing the United States. “
TURKISH PRESIDENT ERDOGAN IS ALSO STRESSED
Addressing the issue in the early days of 2021, President Erdogan said that customs