Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 330

Visa-free access for Turkish nationals proposal under scrutiny

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 10 Mag 2016

Should turchia-ist3 nationals be exempted from EU visa requirements for entry to the Schengen area by June 2016? On Monday evening Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee MEPs and EU Commission officials will debate whether the visa waiver proposed by the Commission on 4 May should be granted to Turkey, even though it has yet to meet certain EU conditions. The waiver cannot take effect without Parliament’s assent.As part of the EU-Turkey deal reached on 18 March to manage migration and refugee flows better, EU leaders offered to accelerate visa liberalisation for Turkey, provided that all EU benchmarks are met. Parliament will have to decide on an equal footing with the Council on the visa exemption under the codecision procedure.
In its third progress report, presented on 4 May, the Commission acknowledged that Ankara had yet to comply with five requirements, out of 72, regarding data protection and antiterrorist laws, among other issues.Following the Commission´s announcement, the European Parliament Conference of Presidents (EP President and political group leaders) made clear that the proposal will be dealt with only after all the benchmarks have been fulfilled. Until this is fully the case, and until the Commission provides the Parliament with a written guarantee that it is the case, thorough work should continue but no referral to committee can take place. Before the debate on visa liberalisation, civil liberties MEPs will be presented with the opinion of the Parliament´s legal service on the legal aspects of the EU-Turkey deal on migration. Since the agreement was concluded, on 18 March, MEPs have voiced concerns regarding its compatibility with EU and international law.

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