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High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini said that the European Union Commission will take a recommendation decision on the visa exemption for Turkish citizens in the event that all the required criteria are met.

Stating that there is no reason for the Turkish authorities to worry, Mogherini said, “If all criteria are fulfilled, the EU Commission will take a recommendation decision for the visa exemption as it was applied for other countries in the past.”

The EU Commission will announce the third and last report about the visa exemption on 4th of May. If the report concludes that Turkey fulfilled all the criteria, the EU Commission will take a recommendation decision for the abolition of visas. However, visa-free travel of Turkish citizens to the EU member countries will only be possible after the approval of the European Parliament and the EU Council.

With the abolition of visas, Turkish citizens will be exempt from a visa for their travels up to 90 days.

At the Turkey-EU Summit on 18 March, the abolition of visas had been decided to be in effect at the end of June in the event of all the required criteria being met.

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