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EP’s President Schulz Opposes Liberalisation of Visa Regime With Turkey

BRU02 BRUSELAS (BÉLGICA) 24/11/2016.- El presidente del Parlamento Europeo, Martin Schulz, ofrece una rueda de prensa en Bruselas (Bélgica) hoy, 24 de noviembre de 2016. Schulz anunció hoy que deja la presidencia de la Eurocámara para regresar a la política alemana. Schulz, en una comparecencia ante los medios, confirmó las informaciones anteriores de que no va a optar a renovar en enero su mandato al frente del PE y que se va a presentar como cabeza de lista de los socialdemócratas por el lander de Renania del Norte Westfalia. EFE/Stephanie Lecocq
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According to the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz, the process of liberalisation of the visa regime between Turkey and the EU will not begin until Ankara carries out reforms in its anti-terrorist legislation. 

President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz has said that visa liberalization for Turkish citizens would not be implemented as long as Turkey does not carry out reforms in its anti-terror legislation.

Speaking to the Funke media group on Sunday, Schulz said he has not yet submitted a proposal from the European Commission on the visa-free regime for discussion by the European Parliament. “The document is still on my desk,” stated Schulz.

ERDOGAN OFTEN TARGETS SCHULZ FOR HIS CRITICISM OF THE MEASURES

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan often targets Schulz for his criticism of the measures that were taken after a failed coup attempt on July 15 including a debate to reinstate the death penalty.

IN NOVEMBER, IN A STRONG REACTION TO A THREAT MADE BY SCHULZ

In November, in a strong reaction to a threat made by Schulz to impose economic sanctions on Turkey, Erdoğan called Schulz disrespectful, daring him to do whatever he can and saying, “Who the hell are you?“

WHO THE HELL ARE YOU?

Senior European politicians are increasingly critical of a heavy crackdown on media and freedom of expression in Turkey and the massive purge that has been taking place particularly since July 15.

The antiterrorism law, however, has been a reform item on the agenda of Turkey and the EU for a longer time as one of the conditions for visa liberalization.

Source: novinite

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