Turkey on course to become member of Schengen area, minister

21 November, 11:22

    (ANSAmed) - ANKARA, NOVEMBER 21 - Turkey is on its way to becoming a member of the Schengen area, the country's EU minister and chief negotiator, Volkan Bozkir, said on Thursday as reported by World Bulletin website. The Schengen area is a zone comprised of 26 European countries that allows citizens to cross shared borders without internal checks. "God willing, Turkey will be a member of the Schengen area in a very short time via the abolishment of visas," Bozkir told correspondents during his official visit to Luxembourg. The European Commission launched a visa liberalization dialogue with Turkey on December 16, 2013, setting out a list divided into five chapters of what Turkey must achieve to enable Turkish citizens to travel to the EU without a visa. The dialogue was initiated alongside a mission agreement that would result in illegal migrants who enter Europe via Turkey returning to Turkey. The agreement will enter into effect on December 16, 2016. However, unlike other EU accession countries such as Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro, Turkish nationals will have to wait for at least three years.

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