EU set to proceed with visa-free travel for Turkey

TAGS: Diplomacy, EU

The European Union says it is moving ahead with plans to allow Turkish citizens to travel to Europe without visas despite President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's stated refusal to change Turkey's anti-terror laws.

The EU says Turkey must narrow its definition of "terrorist" and "terrorist act" to secure a visa waiver. The EU is concerned that journalists and political dissenters are targeted.

European Commission spokesman Alexander Winterstein said Tuesday that "we have the word of the Turkish government and we will continue working with the Turkish government."

The Commission has not received official word from Ankara that visa talks have ended.

The waiver is an incentive - along with up to 6 billion euros ($6.8 billion) and fast-track EU membership talks - for Turkey to stop migrants leaving for Europe.