This site uses cookies. By accepting cookies you can optimise your browsing experience. Read more.
Czech Republic: Turkey visa liberalisation process scrutinised by V4 FMs02:40

Czech Republic: Turkey visa liberalisation process scrutinised by V4 FMs

Czech Republic, Prague
May 4, 2016 at 17:06 GMT +00:00 · Published

The Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto stated that while it is acceptable to grant visa liberalisation to countries who fulfilled the requirements, "it would be an unacceptable situation from our perspective that Georgia and Ukraine would receive visa-free regime later than Turkey" at the meeting of the Visegrad Group (V4) and Eastern Partnership countries (EaP) at the Cernin Palace in Prague, Wednesday.

Szijjarto went on to say that Ukraine and Georgia countries "have been performing well, have been making a lot of efforts in order to fulfil all the requirements."

The EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Johannes Hahn reiterated the necessity of Turkey fulfilling all the EU-imposed requirements and 72 benchmarks before the country is bestowed visa liberalisation.

Hahn stated that "currently we have five benchmarks which still have to be met by Turkey and to others where objectively it was not possible to complete this in the given timeframe. But this is where we are."

The foreign ministers of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus and Georgia as well as the EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Johannes Hahn and German and Dutch diplomats attended the meeting.

The V4 Group was created in a summit in the Hungarian castle town of Visegrad on February 15, 1991. All four members of the V4 joined the European Union on May 1, 2004. Armenian, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine are members of the EaP.

Czech Republic: Turkey visa liberalisation process scrutinised by V4 FMs02:40
No Account? Sign up!
Description

The Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto stated that while it is acceptable to grant visa liberalisation to countries who fulfilled the requirements, "it would be an unacceptable situation from our perspective that Georgia and Ukraine would receive visa-free regime later than Turkey" at the meeting of the Visegrad Group (V4) and Eastern Partnership countries (EaP) at the Cernin Palace in Prague, Wednesday.

Szijjarto went on to say that Ukraine and Georgia countries "have been performing well, have been making a lot of efforts in order to fulfil all the requirements."

The EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Johannes Hahn reiterated the necessity of Turkey fulfilling all the EU-imposed requirements and 72 benchmarks before the country is bestowed visa liberalisation.

Hahn stated that "currently we have five benchmarks which still have to be met by Turkey and to others where objectively it was not possible to complete this in the given timeframe. But this is where we are."

The foreign ministers of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus and Georgia as well as the EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Johannes Hahn and German and Dutch diplomats attended the meeting.

The V4 Group was created in a summit in the Hungarian castle town of Visegrad on February 15, 1991. All four members of the V4 joined the European Union on May 1, 2004. Armenian, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine are members of the EaP.

Top downloads in last 24 hours
Pool for subscribers only
01:24
Argentina: Quilmes pays tribute to Diego Armando Maradona at Centenario Stadium Argentina: Quilmes pays tribute to Diego Armando Maradona at Centenario Stadium
November 28, 2020 at 00:26 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
01:04
Iran: Top nuclear scientist killed in attack near Tehran *GRAPHIC*Iran: Top nuclear scientist killed in attack near Tehran *GRAPHIC*
November 27, 2020 at 16:46 GMT +00:00
05:02
Flexi granny! 82-y/o Chinese nan becomes viral star thanks to her extreme stretchesFlexi granny! 82-y/o Chinese nan becomes viral star thanks to her extreme stretches
November 27, 2020 at 10:04 GMT +00:00
03:22
France: Police use tear gas to disperse thousands at demo against police images ban in NantesFrance: Police use tear gas to disperse thousands at demo against police images ban in Nantes
November 28, 2020 at 02:26 GMT +00:00
02:30
Chile: Water cannons used to disperse anti-govt protest in SantiagoChile: Water cannons used to disperse anti-govt protest in Santiago
November 28, 2020 at 04:59 GMT +00:00
03:45
Iraq: Thousands of Sadrist Movement supporters demonstrate in Baghdad's Tahrir SquareIraq: Thousands of Sadrist Movement supporters demonstrate in Baghdad's Tahrir Square
November 27, 2020 at 17:25 GMT +00:00
02:30
Egypt: Thousands gather to celebrate Al Ahly's CAF Champions League winEgypt: Thousands gather to celebrate Al Ahly's CAF Champions League win
November 28, 2020 at 13:53 GMT +00:00
04:30
Train-turned-office offers remote working opportunity in Tokyo amid COVID spreadTrain-turned-office offers remote working opportunity in Tokyo amid COVID spread
November 28, 2020 at 03:49 GMT +00:00
05:27
Tunisia: 'Hand of God' referee Nasser praises his 'forever friend' MaradonaTunisia: 'Hand of God' referee Nasser praises his 'forever friend' Maradona
November 27, 2020 at 21:16 GMT +00:00
02:43
Sudan: Thousands mourn ex-PM Sadiq al-Mahdi's death from COVIDSudan: Thousands mourn ex-PM Sadiq al-Mahdi's death from COVID
November 27, 2020 at 23:24 GMT +00:00
01:18
Estonia: Christmas fair opens in Tallinn amid COVID-19 restrictionsEstonia: Christmas fair opens in Tallinn amid COVID-19 restrictions
November 28, 2020 at 00:34 GMT +00:00
02:22
France: Clashes erupt and fires rage as Parisians protest security billFrance: Clashes erupt and fires rage as Parisians protest security bill
November 28, 2020 at 16:37 GMT +00:00
01:49
France: Police use tear gas as protests against new security law escalateFrance: Police use tear gas as protests against new security law escalate
November 28, 2020 at 18:29 GMT +00:00
02:33
UK: Arrests made at London anti-lockdown rallyUK: Arrests made at London anti-lockdown rally
November 28, 2020 at 14:18 GMT +00:00
01:45
France: Police use water cannon, protesters respond with fireworks as Paris demo turns violentFrance: Police use water cannon, protesters respond with fireworks as Paris demo turns violent
November 29, 2020 at 00:07 GMT +00:00
03:24
USA: Queues before dawn - Black Friday shoppers out in droves in Los AngelesUSA: Queues before dawn - Black Friday shoppers out in droves in Los Angeles
November 28, 2020 at 08:08 GMT +00:00
02:26
Argentina: Drone footage shows cemetery where Maradona was buried Argentina: Drone footage shows cemetery where Maradona was buried
November 27, 2020 at 19:39 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
01:54
Nagorno-Karabakh: Schools reopen in Stepanakert following ceasefire Nagorno-Karabakh: Schools reopen in Stepanakert following ceasefire
November 28, 2020 at 15:47 GMT +00:00
03:33
Spain: Hundreds of protesters march in Puerto Rico 'Save tourism' paradeSpain: Hundreds of protesters march in Puerto Rico 'Save tourism' parade
November 27, 2020 at 20:49 GMT +00:00
03:06
Turkey: Volunteers take part in testing China's COVID vaccine in IstanbulTurkey: Volunteers take part in testing China's COVID vaccine in Istanbul
November 27, 2020 at 23:01 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
01:16
Slovenia: Honking cars drive through Ljubljana in anti-govt protestSlovenia: Honking cars drive through Ljubljana in anti-govt protest
November 28, 2020 at 04:21 GMT +00:00
Pool for subscribers only
02:24
Iran: Defence minister accuses 'Zionist regime' of top nuclear scientist assassinationIran: Defence minister accuses 'Zionist regime' of top nuclear scientist assassination
November 27, 2020 at 19:47 GMT +00:00
View all videos