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Trust and travel. Easing the visa burden for Turks in five steps 24 février 2014

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ESI Report (European Stability Initiative) 24 February 2014

Berlin – Brussels – Istanbul

In December 2013 the EU-Turkey visa liberalisation process was launched. ESI recommends that EU member states now commit to five goals to support this process. These goals can be achieved by each member state through steps fully in compliance with existing EU visa rules.

    REJECTION RATES – GOAL LESS THAN 2 PERCENT
Reject as few Turkish visa applications as possible, striving to achieve a rejection rate of 2 percent or less. Some EU member states (Greece, Italy, Hungary) already achieve this.

    LONG TERM VISA – MORE THAN 90 PERCENT
Issue at least 90 percent of the visas as long-term multiple-entry visas valid 3 to 5 years. Member states currently vary on this issue greatly.

    REDUCE COSTS AND EFFORT
Allow proxies to submit visa applications on behalf of Turkish applicants; waive the visa fee of 60 Euros in as many cases as possible and consider removing it altogether; waive individual document requirements wherever possible.

    SOLVE THE ERASMUS PROBLEM
Commit to issuing long-term visas for all Turkish students and researchers in time for the beginning of their studies and projects.

    TRANSPARENCY
Make all improvements visible and advertise them; start to provide information on all aspects of visa policy so that progress can be easily monitored. The UK and Ireland, which do not participate in the EU’s common visa policy, should also specify under which conditions they would abolish the visa requirement for Turkish citizens.

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