EU To Ignore Opposition And Give Concessions To Turkey For Migrant Deal, Visa Liberalisation By April
(Reuters) – The European Union should grant Turkish citizens visa-free access if Turkey meets a “critical mass” of legal conditions, the EU Commission will say on Wednesday, offering concessions to Ankara in the hope of sealing a deal on sending back migrants.
The Commission will propose how the EU would meet its side of the deal under which Turkey would take back migrants and refugees crossing into the bloc — the main strategy in trying to stem the biggest human migration in Europe since World War Two, an official involved in drafting the paper told Reuters.
EU leaders hope to agree on the politically and legally tricky issue at a summit on Thursday and Friday.
By suggesting Turkey meets only “critical mass” of requirements on things like judicial reform, the Commission is taking a softer line than some governments such as France which want Ankara to meet 72 requirements before its nearly 80 million citizens can travel to the 28-nation EU without visas.