EU-Turkey migrant accord extended to 2017

Erdogan had set year-end 'deadline' if no visa-free travel

19 December, 17:48

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

    ISTANBUL - The EU-Turkey migrant accord signed last March has been extended to 2017, according to sources in the Turkish Foreign Ministry, despite recent threats by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to open the country's borders if Brussels doesn't grant visa-free EU travel to Turkish citizens by the end of the year.

    Although currently no agreement exists on amendments to Turkey's anti-terrorism law - one of the EU's prerequisites for the visa exemption - sources said that recent meetings between the parties have shown a "positive approach" and an effective return to dialogue ahead of a likely EU-Turkey summit to be held in the first months of 2017.

    In recent days Ankara presented Brussels with a new proposal to overcome the stall regarding visas.

    Among the possibilities is the Council of Europe monitoring Turkey's application of its anti-terrorism law, without changing it on paper.

    In Turkey the hope is that the dialogue will also involve a speeding up and redefining of the funds provided for in the EU migrant accord.

    According to Ankara, up to now 667 million euros of the 3 billion euros promised by the EU have been transferred.

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