21 January 2013
Istanbul ESI briefing on Turkey's visa liberalisation process at the Swedish Consulate
Gerald Knaus. Photo: Mühenna Kahveci / Today's Zaman
Gerald Knaus. Photo: Mühenna Kahveci / Today's Zaman

ESI's Gerald Knaus briefed a group of Turkish journalists, academics, and business and civil society representatives on Turkey's visa liberalisation process at the Swedish Consulate in Istanbul. He present the latest ESI research to help identify ways for progress in 2013: what are the major concerns of Turkey? What are the major concerns of EU member states? How to build a coalition to get to the 229 votes in the European Council that are needed to put Turkey on the white list of countries that do not need a visa? This is likely to be the single most important – and potentially promising – area of EU-Turkey cooperation in 2013.

After the briefing, Gerald was interviewed by Today's Zaman, Yonca Poyraz Doğan, "Knaus: Turkey, EU to develop more trust through plans for visa-free regime" (27 January 2013)

Swedish Consulate in Istanbul. Photo: Wikipedia Commons
Swedish Consulate in Istanbul. Photo: Wikipedia Commons
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