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Turkish President Abdullah Gül criticized yesterday the European Union over its slow visa procedures during a speech at the Lithuania-Turkey Business Forum in Vilnius. The EU has fallen short in failing to sign a visa exemption agreement with Turkey, particularly as it has been signing such agreements with states that have not even started membership [...]

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The European Union Commission announced it would life visa requirements for Turkish citizens who provide service to Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark, asking that the booklets handed out to border officials in those countries be changed accordingly, Anatolia news agency has reported. The new change allows for Turkish citizens providing service to stay for 2 [...]

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The European Union will present a roadmap on visa free travel to Turkey, free of “political maneuvers,” in the coming weeks, EU Minister Egemen Bağış has said in Strasbourg. Bağış told reporters on Nov. 20 that during his meeting with European Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström, she had promised to present Turkey a roadmap [...]

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Turkish economy minister Zafer Caglayan slams EU’s visa regime on Turkish businespeople. Istanbul- Turkey’s Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan on Wednesday lashed out at the European Union for its strict visa regime on Turks and Turkish businesspeople, brandishing it as “a human rights violation.” “We have been in the Customs Union for 17 years and we [...]

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European Commission announces progress report on Turkey. The European Commission eulogized both the civil-military relations in Turkey and the progress that was achieved by Turkey on the new constitution while it expressed concerns over freedom of expression in its progress report on Turkey. The Commission made public its annual progress reports on Turkey and other [...]

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Turkey key country for EU, union’s chief enlargement official says. European Union’s chief officer for enlargement has described Turkey “a key country” for the union, criticizing member countries unilaterally blocking Ankara’s accession talks. “Turkey as a major regional player is a key country for the EU with its dynamic economy and strategic location. Acceleration of [...]

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European Union Minister Egemen Bağış blamed the European Union for a reported drop in Turks’ confidence in the European group. “The situation is not related Turkey’s credibility, but it is related to the EU’s,” he said. Bağış’s remarks came after a recent poll said the rate of those who believed Turkey would become an EU [...]

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The Netherlands will ask only occupational declaration instead of visa from Turkish businessmen Dutch Consul General in Istanbul Onno Kervers told AA. Dutch Consul General in Istanbul Onno Kervers told AA on Tuesday that after Dutch jurisdiction objected to visa procedures for Turkish businessmen, the Dutch officials decided to only ask for an occupational declaration [...]

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Turkey’s Minister of EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator Egemen Bagis on Friday held talks with European officials in Brussels after EU countries authorized the European Commission to launch talks with Turkey on visa exemption for Turkish citizens. Egemen Bagis had a one hour meeting with European Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmstrom, European Commissioner for [...]

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The European Union will agree Thursday to ease visa requirements for Turkish citizens, but Ankara will first have to meet several conditions in order to secure the deal, diplomats said. EU ministers in charge of social and employment affairs are expected to endorse the deal negotiated by ambassadors during a meeting in Luxembourg. It “begins [...]

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