28 June 2011
ESI in Turkey: Second meeting of the visa group
Istanbul. Photo: flickr/CyberMacs
Istanbul. Photo: flickr/CyberMacs

On 28 June 2011, ESI organised in Istanbul the second meeting for Turkish NGOs, academics and business associations interested in a visa liberalisation process for Turkey. There were two guest speakers:  the Italian Consul-General Gianluca Alberini briefed the participants on consular practices of EU member states in Turkey and EU-led attempts to simplify and streamline the Schengen visa application procedure for Turkish citizens. Alexandra Stiglmayer, ESI Senior Analyst, discussed the rise in asylum seekers from Serbia and Macedonia following the lifting of the visa requirement for these two countries, how this problem can be resolved and which implication it has had  for visa liberalisation processes for other countries. Both presentations were followed by lively debates.

The Turkish Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEIK) kindly provided a room for the meeting, while the Robert Bosch Stiftung supported the event financially.

Robert Bosch Stiftung


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Alan Grant is an Irish photographer who travelled extensively in the Balkans and other countries and regions of the world. Thanks to him, ESI is able to show fascinating pictures of the Balkans: the facades of Tirana, the painted mosques of Travnik, the fabulous old houses of Plovdiv and the spectacular blue of water - dark in the Bay of Kotor, emerald in the river valleys of Bosnia, deep blue in Ohrid, twinkling in the Aegean Sea and on the Bosporus.

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