Berlin, May 12, 2016 (AFP) – The president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker warned Thursday that Turkey could not get into the EU visa waiver if all the conditions, including a change its anti-terrorist law, are not met.
“We attach importance to the requirements are met, otherwise the agreement will not see the day,” Juncker said at a conference in Berlin.
“If Erdogan’s strategy is to prevent the Turks can travel freely in Europe he must answer before the Turkish people. It’s not my problem, it is his problem, “added the Luxembourg President of the Commission, which is negotiating with Ankara liberalization of visas.
Turkish President for his part Thursday denounced the “hypocrisy” of the European Union, saying unacceptable relaxation of anti-terrorism legislation in Turkey faces the resumption of the Kurdish rebellion.
The EU executive has led the way on 4 May in the visa waiver, which Ankara has made a condition of continuing to apply its controversial agreement with the EU to contain the flow of migrants wishing to visit Europe.
But Brussels has imposed its recommendation reserves, saying that Ankara still had to meet five criteria among 72 set for it, including a review of its anti-terrorism legislation, the too broad as the Europeans, who fear in particular that it is used to restrict freedom of expression and of the press. One point that Ankara refuses in the state.
The German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel also said Thursday in Berlin that Turkey will be entitled to any exemption on the conditions set by the European Union.
“We have a clear position on the visa issue: Turkey must implement the conditions, it may be of Lex + Turkey + (a special law, Ed). If the Turkish president will not or can not implement them, we can not grant visa waiver, “said he said at a press conference.
The German Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier was also felt that the “ball is in Turkey’s court,” in particular citing the need to stop “journalists prosecuted on the basis of articles (law) counterterrorism. “
The debate around the Turkish anti-terrorism law is the source of strong tensions that could threaten the migratory agreement between the EU and Ankara.
It passes through “a very dangerous moment,” warned Wednesday in Strasbourg the Turkish Minister for European Affairs, Volkan Bozkirun.
The agreement on migrants, by which Turkey has in particular accepted the return on its soil of all migrants illegally entered Greece since 20 March, also provides financial assistance to Ankara six billion euros and unblocking negotiations for accession of the country to the EU.
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