Turkish citizens will be able to go to Europe without a visa in the coming years, Turkish Minister for EU Affairs Egemen Bagish said, the Anadolu agency reported on Dec.4.
The upcoming signing of agreements on cancellation of visas for Turkish citizens can be taken as a serious step in the negotiations between Ankara and EU, the minister said.
It was earlier reported that Ankara and Brussels are expected to take concrete steps towards a visa deal, after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan reportedly gave the green light for the signing of a Readmission Agreement in exchange for visa liberalization with the EU for Turkish citizens.
Turkey will approve the Readmission Agreement for third country nationals, while talks for the start of a visa-free regime for Turkish citizens will simultaneously begin in accordance with the road map.
Official talks on Turkey's accession to the EU began in 2005.