It has begun legal action against Austrian for failing to provide legislation that guarantees the rights of Turkish workers and their families. The move comes as Austria is celebrating 50 years of hosting Turkish guest workers in the country.
On Thursday, the Commission referred Austria to the European Court of Justice over its alleged non-compliance with the association law, which was based on the Ankara Agreement.
In April, the Commission called on the government to enhance the visa and residence conditions of Turkish citizens resident in Austria, but the ruling coalition took no actions.
According to the commission, Austrian legislation has clauses which have led to a worsening legal status of Turkish workers and their family members, which is “in breach of the standstill clauses of the Turkey-EU association law.”