European Commission proposes visa-free travel for Turks

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Baku, May 4, AZERTAC

The European Commission recommended on Wednesday visa-free travel inside Europe’s Schengen borderless zone for around 80 million Turkish citizens, according to Anadolu Agency.

Turkey has five benchmarks, out of an initial total of 72, to fulfill by the end of June, according to the European Commission, the European Union’s executive body.

"Turkey has made impressive progress, particularly in recent weeks, on meeting the benchmarks of its visa liberalization roadmap,” European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans said in Brussels on Wednesday.

The five remaining benchmarks touch on such issues as anti-corruption measures, data protection in line with EU standards, cooperation with the EU’s law enforcement agency Europol, judicial cooperation on criminal matters with all EU member states, and "revising the legislation and practices on terrorism in line with European standards".

"There is still work to be done as a matter of urgency but if Turkey sustains the progress made, they can meet the remaining benchmarks," Timmermans added.

Turkey must also begin the use of biometric passports containing fingerprint information for travelers wishing to benefit from visa-free access.

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