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16 April 2014, Wednesday
 
 
Today's Zaman
 
 
 
 

Turkey mulls special passport for businessmen going to EU

20 May 2012, Sunday /TODAY’S ZAMAN
Minister of Customs and Trade Hayati Yazıcı told reporters in Ankara the government is considering a new regulation to ease the difficulties faced by Turkish businessmen at EU customs due to complicated visa requirements.The minister spoke to reporters following a meeting in Ankara.

“We are considering providing a special [green] passport to Turkish businessmen traveling to Europe. … We have not worked out the details yet. The businessmen will be chosen among those who travel most frequently to Europe on business,” he noted.

The visa requirements for entrance into the EU has been a major point of discussion among Turkish businessmen. The union is Turkey's largest trade partner, with 50 percent of Turkish goods being sold to EU markets. Turkish businessmen miss out on important meetings with European counterparts due to visa requirements, while every Turkish passport holder legally should be allowed to enter Europe without a visa according to the Turkish side, which cites the Association Agreement (AA), also known as the Ankara Agreement, of 1963 and the Additional Protocol, which entered into force in January 1973, as proof of the non-visa entry rights of Turks traveling to the EU.

 
 
COMMENTS
@Missed. Simply signing the re-admission agreement does not get Turks visa free travel. It only opens "possible discussions", which will probably be prevented by a Austrian, French or Cyprus veto. So, why should Turkey sign that agreement and agree to take on billions a year in costs without a guara...
orhun
That's called discrimination based on social stand. Make it work for all citizens , or for none.
one for all
Its just a matter of time.... I'll say before 2014 visa requirement will be lifted as it should be
wildTurkey
I do not understand why Turkey does not sign the aggreement regarding illegal immigrants, is that not what the EU is waiting for and after that the visa requirements will be cancelled. Or have I missed something?
Missed
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