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The European Union Commission announced it would life visa requirements for Turkish citizens who provide service to Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark, asking that the booklets handed out to border officials in those countries be changed accordingly, Anatolia news agency has reported.

The new change allows for Turkish citizens providing service to stay for 2 months in Germany, and 3 months in Netherlands and Denmark without holding a visa.

The EU Commission recalled the European Court of Justice’s 2009 resolution ordering Turkish citizens residing and exercising their activities in Turkey and wishing to enter the territory of a member state to provide services there, would be exempted from visa in a written statement on the upgrading of the Schengen booklet to Germany, Netherlands and Denmark.

The commission detailed the guidelines on the movement of Turkish nationals crossing the external borders of EU member states in order to provide services within the EU. According to that statement, the visa exemption for Turkish citizens applies only to Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark among the 26 Schengen countries.

Turkish architects, builders, lawyers, computer scientists, commercial agents, scientists and lecturers, artists, fitters and instructors installing or repairing machinery or informing of the use thereof, professional athletes and trainers, truck drivers and others established in Turkey are considered to be employed in jobs that provide services. They must prove their status with written statements at the borders.

December/24/2012

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Jennifer Jackson

7/4/2013 8:06:12 PM

Dutchman I just came across this article and the comments. Your comments are ignorant and represent a very closed minded way to look at this change. Not sure if you read the news or know what is going on but the Turkish economy is booming and would actually be negatively impacted if they joined the EU - look at Greece, Portugal :) their economy is sure booming thanks to the EU. Your comment is xenophobic to say the least. Why do Europeans like yourself think they are above everyone else.

Foreign View

12/27/2012 3:05:18 PM

Dutchman, I think u r living in the past times before the Turks hated EU and Euro-crisis began. Turks stopped putting efforts in negotiations, Turkish public became less enthusiastic, why are you still pretending like the Turks want this or care?

Sid Mark

12/26/2012 8:11:14 AM

Imagine a free visa regime for the Turks.Who would stay at home?

cezer "çapulcu" skonore

12/24/2012 11:28:58 PM

Don't leave home without a proper visa regardless of your occupation boys and girls, that is my suggestion to you. This announcement doesn't make that much sense.

dogan kemal ileri

12/24/2012 8:53:53 PM

A friend in need is a friend indeed, the EU is not a reliable ally since this visa exemption should have been implemented from 2005 and should apply to all Turkish citizens and not for the chosen few and by all EU members not just 3 and should automatically be for 3 months.

Dutchman

12/24/2012 7:45:25 PM

If Turkey gets visa-free travel, will it finally stop asking for membership too? This tragedy should come to an end at last... Nobody wants Turkish membership in the EU, except for some political figures.

Agnes Smith

12/24/2012 7:08:55 PM

About time too. This may shut up Egeman Bagis for a few days and show some confidence to the Turks about Euro status which is long overdue. Best news today!
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