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European Commission

Cecilia Malmström

EU Commissioner for Home Affairs

Press point on the signature of the EU-Turkey readmission agreement and on the launch of the EU-Turkey visa liberalisation dialogue

VIP Corner/Brussels

4 December 2013

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen,

It is indeed a very important afternoon and I am honoured to stand here with you Minister Davutoğlu and Commissioner Füle.

Today shows the commitment from Europe and Turkey to move ahead on these two very important issues, with on the one hand, the signing of the readmission agreement and on the other the opening of the visa liberalisation dialogue, which aims to facilitate people to people contact, which will be very beneficial to citizens in Turkey and the EU and demonstrates our willingness to work together.

This has been discussed for quite some time, but we have overcome the difficulties and moved ahead and we have now agreed that we will sign the agreement and launch the dialogue in Ankara on the 16 December. We have also agreed on a roadmap for our talks.

I want like to thank the Minister and his team for making this possible, it is a very important decision to do this here today and I would also like to thank of course Commissioner Füle who has not just been working on this issue but also on bringing the EU and Turkey together.

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