EU official reiterates condition for Turkey visa facility

European Union's commissioner for enlargement said on Tuesday that the visa procedures between EU and Turkey might be lifted "some day".

EU official reiterates condition for Turkey visa facility

European Union's commissioner for enlargement said on Tuesday that the visa procedures between EU and Turkey might be lifted "some day", once the steps regarding the re-admission agreement were completed, Anadolu news agency reported.

EU wants Turkey to sign a readmission agreement to halt the entry of "illegal immigrants" to Europe.

A significant number of people fleeing their poverty-stricken or war-torn countries of origin seek an opportunity to live in Europe. Turkey is the main route for thousands of asylum seekers coming from Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Middle East.

Stefan Fule, the Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy, held talks with the Umit Boyner, the head of Turkish Industrialists' and Businesspeople's Association (TUSIAD) in Istanbul.

Speaking to reporters after the gathering, Fule said that Turkey was a part of Europe and it needed EU's full support.

He said Turkey would become an EU member once it fulfilled "all the requirements."

Commenting on his meeting with Boyner, Fule said "credibility" was on the agenda of the gathering, expressing the importance of EU's commitment to its promises and Turkey's carrying on with its reform process.

Fule also said that not only politically strong actors, but also non-govenmental organizations should participate in the process.

Upon a question on the visa regime, Fule said talks on the re-admission agreement continued.

Fule said "a non-visa regime might be brought" once such agreement was concluded and the following period was overcome.

TUSIAD head Boyner said in her part that Turkey was an important project for EU.

"If Turkey is a rising country today, it is because it has assured to adopt EU's values, high democracy standards, human rights and pluralistic democracy," Boyner said.

"We believe the reform process in Turkey should continue. As TUSIAD, we will fulfill our responsibilities on such matter," she also said.


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