Jean-Claude Juncker stated modifications to Turkey’s legal guidelines on terrorism had been one in all quite a lot of situations that wanted to be met for visa liberalisation.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has refused to take action, and has now accused the EU of “hypocrisy”.
The visa concern is a part of a deal geared toward easing Europe’s migration disaster.
“We contemplate that it is crucial for these situations to be fulfilled. In any other case, this deal between the EU and Turkey is not going to occur,” Mr Juncker stated.
“If Mr Erdogan decides to disclaim Turks the precise to free journey to Europe, then he should clarify this to the Turkish individuals. It is not going to be my drawback, will probably be his drawback”, he additionally stated.
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In a fierce speech, Mr Erdogan reacted angrily to the European calls for, saying: “Since when are you working this nation? Who has given you the authority?
“They consider they’ve a proper for themselves (to struggle terror) however discover it a luxurious and unacceptable for us. Let me say it clearly – that is known as hypocrisy.”
The EU and rights teams have accused Ankara of utilizing its broad anti-terror laws to intimidate journalists and stifle dissent.
However the authorities denies it, saying it wants the legal guidelines to struggle militants, and has warned the EU that it’ll not change them.
There are fears the entire migrant deal might collapse if the visa dispute will not be resolved.
The settlement was largely negotiated by outgoing Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.
Mr Juncker stated that Mr Davutoglu’s departure couldn’t jeopardise what had been beforehand agreed.
“We’re relying on this, we agreed this with the Turkish authorities and it may well’t be that the exit of the prime minister results in agreements between the EU and Turkey being ignored,” he stated.
5 benchmarks nonetheless to be met by Turkey:
Corruption: Turkey should go measures to forestall corruption, consistent with EU suggestions
Knowledge safety: It should align nationwide laws on private knowledge safety with EU requirements
Europol: An settlement is to be concluded with the continent’s regulation enforcement company
Judicial cooperation: It should work with all EU members on felony issues
Laws on terrorism: Turkey can be required to convey its terror legal guidelines consistent with European requirements
Beneath the EU-Turkey settlement, migrants who’ve arrived illegally in Greece since 20 March are to be despatched again to Turkey if they don’t apply for asylum or if their declare is rejected.
For every Syrian migrant returned to Turkey, the EU is to absorb one other Syrian who has made a authentic request.
Turkey has already threatened to cease taking again migrants from Greece if the EU fails to ship on the visa concern.