Progress wanted on visas

  • 2011-11-17
  • From wire reports

TALLINN - Prime Minister of Estonia Andrus Ansip confirmed at a meeting with Turkish Minister for European Union Affairs and Chief Negotiator Egemen Bagis on Nov. 11, that Estonia firmly supports the further expansion of the EU, and Turkey becoming a member of the European Union would be beneficial for all parties, reports LETA. The head of the Estonian government said that Europe seems to be tired of constantly accepting new countries, but this is a trend that serves no one’s interests.
“The further expansion of the EU increases the security and welfare of the region, improves the competitiveness of the European Union and gives it more political influence in the world,” said Ansip.

Bagis raised the issue of the visa dialogue between Turkey and the European Union. “Turkey is the only applicant country whose citizens must clear all visa application formalities in order to gain entry to the European Union,” he said.
“We would like to see some progress here, which would lead to visa-free entry,” noted Bagis.
The prime minister said that Estonia supports the launch of a dialogue with Turkey about making the visa procedure easier. o