According to EU observer, European Parliament has suspended its work in granting Turkish citizens visa-free travels to the European Union.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The European Parliament has suspended its work in granting Turkish citizens visa-free travels to the European Union, citing Ankara’s lack of meeting all the criteria necessary for the changes, the EU observer reported Wednesday.
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“[EU Parliament Chief Martin] Schulz said we will only start processing the file when the 72 criteria have been met,” Judith Sargentini, a Dutch member of the European Parliament was quoted as saying by the news portal.
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Most of the requirements have already been fulfilled by Ankara, though five problematic criteria remain, including the revision of Turkey’s national anti-terrorism laws and freedom of the press.
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