Turkish parliament to work 6 days to pass bills for visa-free travel to EU

Published 24.04.2016 23:18

Parliament will work six days this week to fulfill the remaining 10 benchmarks of the 72 for Turkish citizens to be granted visa-free travel to the EU's Schengen zone.

The chamber will work from Monday through Saturday to complete all the required legislation for Turkish citizens to travel to Schengen countries without a visa. As of April 25, Turkey had fulfilled 62 of 72 criteria, and Parliament is expected to complete the remaining 10 benchmarks, which include adopting the remaining seven international conventions and enacting three laws.

The list of conventions includes additional protocols to the 1975, 2010 and 2012 Council of Europe Conventions on Extradition Article 30, including the Additional Protocol of 2001 of the Council of Europe Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters; the 1996 Hague Convention on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforcement and Cooperation in Respect of Parental Responsibility and Measures for the Protection of Children; the 2007 Hague Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance; the Council of Europe Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data of 1981 and its Additional Protocol No. 181. On Tuesday Parliament will start to discuss three laws: draft laws to establish a law enforcement monitoring commission, a law on political ethics and a law on crime revenues, which are expected to be debated until Saturday evening.

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