6 June 2013
Istanbul ESI briefing at Columbia Global Centers: Cutting the Turkey-EU Visa Knot. How Turks can travel freely to Europe
Istanbul. Photo: flickr/Moyan Brenn
Istanbul. Photo: flickr/Moyan Brenn

Columbia Global Centers | Turkey and the European Stability Initiative invite you to a briefing on

how Turkey and the EU can revive the visa liberalisation process:

Cutting the Turkey-EU Visa Knot
How Turks can travel freely to Europe


Gerald Knaus, European Stability Initiative, Chairman

Thursday, 6 June 2013, 10.00-12.00
Columbia Global Centers | Turkey
Sıraselviler Cad. No: 49 Yeni Hayat Apt. Fl. 2 No. 5 Taksim, İstanbul


Important information:

Dear guests: The CGC | Turkey – ESI event on visa liberalization will continue to take place as scheduled, though we advise participants to allocate some extra time to get to the Taksim Square area. Those arriving by car should come up the hill from Tophane/Kabataş towards Cihangir, passing the Italian and German hospitals, to reach the Columbia Global Center offices at #49 Sıraseliver Caddesi. Ample parking space can be found within a short walking distance. Please feel free to call us at any time should you have questions. +90 212 243 2911

Never before has there been an EU candidate negotiating accession for years whose citizens are unable to travel to the EU without a visa. Turkey is the exception. While visa liberalization has been a crucial element for EU relations with other south eastern European countries, the EU has not been prepared to discuss the topic until summer 2012, when the Commission received a mandate for a visa liberalization process. Since then, little has happened.

What explains the current stalemate? What can be done to cut through this visa knot?

Mr. Knaus will present ESI's five specific recommendations on how Turkey and the EU can move successfully towards visa liberalization. Given the upcoming fiftieth anniversary of the 1963 Association Agreement between Turkey and the EU, the time for a breakthrough is now.

Since 2004 the European Stability Initiative (ESI), a Berlin-based think tank, has published a large number of reports on Turkey for a wide European audience. These reports are all available at www.esiweb.org.

ESI has worked on issue of visa liberalisation since 2006, supported by an advisory board including Giuliano Amato (Italy), Otto Schily (Germany) and Charles Clark (United Kingdom). Since 2012, with the support of Stiftung Mercator, the focus has been on visa liberalisation for Turkey: www.whitelistproject.eu.

RSVP: +90 212 243 2911 | nb2631@columbia.edu


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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.

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