6 December 2011
Public ESI-TEPAV event in Ankara: EU-Turkey relations Towards visa liberalisation?
French consulate in Istanbul. Photo: flickr/sinanyuzakli
French consulate in Istanbul. Photo: flickr/sinanyuzakli

Tuesday, 6 December 2011, 10.00-12.00

TEPAV Building, 3rd Floor Conference Room
TOBB University of Economics and Technology
Söğütözü Cad. No: 43 Söğütözü – ANKARA

EU-Turkey relations: Towards visa liberalisation?


TEPAV and the European Stability Initiative cordially invite you to the roundtable/brainstorming meeting

Turkey is the only EU candidate country whose citizens need a visa when they want to travel to the EU. This is a source of growing frustration among Turkish citizens. Earlier this year, the EU and Turkey negotiated a readmission agreement, which is a precondition for a formal visa liberalisation process. However, EU interior ministers refused to offer Turkey such a process. At the same time, a rising number of EU court decisions has cast doubts on the legality of the visa requirement for Turkish citizens, yet EU member states have been reluctant to change their visa policies.

With Turkish resentments running high, are there ways out of the current deadlock? What can Turkey learn from countries which recently received visa liberalisation? These and other questions will be at the heart of the roundtable, which will start with a presentation by Gerald Knaus, ESI Chairman.

The European Stability Initiative (ESI) is an independent think-tank. It has conducted a major project on visa liberalisation for the Western Balkans and been credited for contributing to its success. Currently ESI tries to use its experience to help initiate a visa liberalisation process for Turkey. It has recently organised events on the issue in Brussels, Berlin and Amsterdam. ESI is working with an advisory board that is chaired by former Italian Prime Minister and Interior Minister Giuliano AMATO and which includes former EU interior ministers such as Otto SCHILY (Germany) and Chares CLARKE (UK). More on this campaign can be found at www.whitelistproject.eu

Phone: 312.292 55 86
E-mail: ceyda.altunay@tepav.org.tr



The Stiftung Mercator supports ESI to make this meeting possible

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Photo credits
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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Jonathan Lewis lives between London and Istanbul. He moved to London and spent many years studying photography and now specialises in photojournalism, documentary photography and commercial work for a wide variety of private and commercial clients in the UK, Europe and Turkey. His work has appeared in a number of magazines and publications and is used on the ESI website as well.

You can find out more about Jonathan Lewis on his website www.jonathanlewisphoto.com