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Turkey announced the availability of alternatives to EU membership

Turkey announced the availability of alternatives to EU membership

20.07.2018
Tags:Turkey, EU Policy

Turkey since the middle of last century, working on the entry into the EU and has done its part, the EU must take a decision, which is to remember that there is always an alternative to Ankara, Prime Minister of Turkey Binali Yildirim.

"Turkey since the middle of last century, is on track for EU membership, its part of the work we have done. After this decision rests with the European Union. If he wants to Turkey's accession, it must have the will. But there is always an alternative to Turkey, and the EU must not forget the proverb that extra push vagaries of love ", - transmits his words to RIA" Novosti ".

He added that the EU's development prospects are associated only with the participation of Turkey, referring to the need to simplify visa regime.

In September it was reported that the number of Turkish citizens who do not believe that the country will join the European Union, has grown over the years to 64%. At the same time the Turks saw the SCO and BRICS alternative to joining the EU.

The Association Agreement between the EU and Turkey was signed in 1963 year. The application for EU membership, Ankara filed a 1987 year. Accession negotiations started only in the year 2005. Since then, the parties agreed 16 from 35 technical items that Ankara must fulfill in order to achieve required for EU membership standards.

Recall leaders - members of the European Union and now ex-Prime Minister of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu March 18 entered into an agreement agreeing to return all illegal immigrants who arrived via Turkey to Greece in exchange for visa-free travel for Turkish citizens, 3 billion euros, and receive in the EU Syrian refugees in Turkey.

However, visa-free regime has not yet been granted. The latest European Commission report on the implementation of Turkey's conditions appear two conditions for the abolition of visas, the implementation of which Ankara will take longer and five conditions that need to be done in the near future. Among these conditions - to change the anti-terrorism legislation. It is this requirement challenged the Turkish authorities.

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