22 March 2012
Public ESI-TEPAV event in Ankara: how to achieve visa free travel for Turkish citizens
There is a legal right for Turkish citizens to travel without a visa to a number of EU member states already – ESI's Gerald Knaus, Giuliano Amato, and Otto Schily. Photo: TEPAV
There is a legal right for Turkish citizens to travel without a visa to a number of EU member states already – ESI's Gerald Knaus, Giuliano Amato, and Otto Schily. Photo: TEPAV

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.

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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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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.

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