Last week ESI sent out a newsletter "The time is now: changing EU visa policy on Turkey". There have been many reactions, from policy makers in Turkey and in the EU and in the media. The following week the ESI White List Project team travelled to Ankara to make the case for a visaliberalization roadmap process to begin with Turkey without delay.
Senior project advisory board members Giuliano Amato, former prime and interior minister of Italy, and Otto Schily, former minister of interior of Germany, as well as ESI analysts and representatives of Mercator Foundation, which supports the ESI Turkey visa project, met with President Abdullah Gul, senior Turkish officials and EU ambassadors.
In Ankara we also discussed how to best achieve visa free travel for Turkish citizens at an event organized by a leading Turkish think tank, TEPAV.