EU to move on ending visas for Turkish citizens

2016-05-03 19:29
Stranded migrants warm up around a fire at a fuel station parking area, the last stop before reaching the Greek-Macedonian border. (AP)

Stranded migrants warm up around a fire at a fuel station parking area, the last stop before reaching the Greek-Macedonian border. (AP)

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Brussels - The European Union is poised for a big step on Wednesday toward ending visa requirements for Turkish citizens as a widely criticised deal to get Turkey to stop migrants entering the EU gathers pace.

The EU's executive Commission is expected to invite member states and lawmakers to vote before the end of June to lift visas on Turks for short-term leisure or business stays. As of March 4, Turkey had met only around half of the 72 conditions attached to the deal, and lawmakers wonder how Turkey closed the gap in just eight weeks.

The Commission on Tuesday lauded a decree from Ankara to grant visa-free travel in Turkey to the citizens of all 28 EU member states as meeting "one more of the important benchmarks" for visa liberalisation.

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