Turkish Foreign Ministry comments on ECJ rule over visa

The Turkish lorry driver Soysal filed a case with a Berlin State court in 2007 asking for the cancellation of a visa requirement from Turks.

Turkish Foreign Ministry comments on ECJ rule over visa
Turkish Foreign Ministry Spokesman Burak Ozugergin said on Thursday that related German court would make a preliminary ruling regarding application of two Turkish nationals on visa implementations within the scope of decision of the European Court of Justice.

Ozugergin said Mehmet Soysal and Ibrahim Savatli, the two Turkish citizens, filed suit in Germany on visa applications.

The Turkish lorry driver Soysal filed a case with a Berlin State court in 2007 asking for the cancellation of a visa requirement from Turks.

Ozugergin said the German court sent the file to European Court of Justice and asked the court to rule on the decision.

MFA spokesman said European Court of Justice announced its decision on Thursday, noting that, "operative provision of this decision is in favor of the Turkish plaintiff. In the next stage, the related German court will make a decision on the case within the scope of resolution of European Court of Justice."

Regarding the decision, European Court of Justice said, "at the time of the entry into force of the Additional Protocol with regard to the Federal Republic of Germany, namely 1 January 1973, Turkish nationals such as the appellants in the main proceedings, engaged in the provision of services in Germany in the international transport of goods by road on behalf of a Turkish undertaking, had the right to enter German territory for those purposes without first having to obtain a visa."

The Court of Justice ruled, "In the light of all the foregoing considerations, the answer to the questions referred is that Article 41(1) of the Additional Protocol is to be interpreted as meaning that it precludes the introduction, as from the entry into force of that protocol, of a requirement that Turkish nationals such as the appellants in the main proceedings must have a visa to enter the territory of a Member State in order to provide services there on behalf of an undertaking established in Turkey, since, on that date, such a visa was not required."

Egemen Bagis, Turkey's state minister and chief negotiator for European Union (EU) talks, described the decision of the court as an important step for establishment of mutual partnership between Turkey and the EU authorities.


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