TURKISH CITIZENS STILL HAVE TROUBLE WITH GERMANY’S VISA REQUIREMENTS
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) disregards decisions taken on the issue. Despite five decisions noting that rights stemming from free movement of service cannot be aggravated, Germany says that court decisions will not result in any change in their stance.
Apart from tourist visits to Germany, Turkish businessmen, sportsmen and artists still encounter serious problems regarding visa exemption. Because these people are asked to document the objective of their visit. However, bureaucracy annoys applicants to a great extent.
Memet Kılıç, the Greens Party deputy said "If you have to submit 10 documents to get visa, you have to submit 20 documents to prove visa exemption."
Discrimination on active and passive movement of service is at times the most important obstacle before visa. For instance, freight shipment to Germany is permitted for a truck driver within the context of active service whereas obstacles can be raised to visits for the purpose of treatment included in passive service.
Germany that has a respectable position in the European Union as a state of law, ignores decisions of the ECJ, which were Savaş Decision in 2000, Abatay in 2003, Tümday in 2007, Soysal in 2009 and Toprak in 2011."
Although all these decisions state that Turkish citizens' rights stemming from free movement of service can not be aggravated but improved, the German government does not take any concrete steps in this matter. Individuals claiming their rights through the court and their political struggle for Germany to give up this stance produce no results