Tuesday, September 25, 2007

The Ruling

Had a battle on this blog about the heading: Turks don't need EU visa's anymore.
Anyway, this person is going on and on.
I can tell from own experiences that it is not so simple as he now is saying that in fact everybody can start up a business all around the EU. Let me give one example: I went with Turkish top orthodontists to the Netherlands to look for possibilities to establish a practice there. The EU ruling in this is simple: you have to learn the language of the country where you want to practice.
The ruling of the ECJ is in fact very simple and can be read here.

If you want the full arrest, take a look at this, and you have to read only the points 50, 54 and 57. The funny thing of the whole ruling is that the European Commission supported Veli Tum and Mehmet Dari, the two Turkish nationals. Since they want to uphold the European treaties.
The main goal of Ankara agreement (and additional protocol): integration of Turkey in Europe. With the acquis communautaire as binding factor. The chapter free movement of persons is not even opened for Turkey.

The Queen Elizabeth 2

The Queen Elizabeth 2, which drew massive crowds when it visited Sydney harbor this February, will be retired to Dubai, where it will be refurbished as a floating hotel in the booming Gulf state. Reuters

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Dubai-owned company announced on Monday, Jun 18, 2007 that it bought the Queen Elizabeth 2, a giant ocean liner launched in 1967, for $100 million.
State-owned Istithmar said it plans to turn the passenger ship into a first-class floating hotel, retail and entertainment destination, berthed off Dubai's manmade Palm Jumeirah island.

The aging vessel, bought from the Cunard Line division of Miami-based Carnival Corp., will end its days as a tourist attraction, scheduled to open to the public at the beginning of 2009, Istithmar said in an e-mailed statement. Istithmar is a division of Dubai World, a government-owned holding company that also owns Nakheel, the developer of Palm Jumeirah. For more info.

Also Queen Elizabeth Hotel anchors in Kemer :))

Queen Elizabeth Elite Suite & Spa, a 325-room hotel designed and named after the world's one of the most famous ocean liners Queen Elizabeth, was inaugurated on Sunday at a ceremony in the western resort of Kemer, Antalya.

The hotel, which cost some 50 million USD, is expected to draw mainly British tourists.

The hotel's bed capacity is 1250.