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Today, it is known that the association law between Turkey
and the Community grants rights to Turkish citizens which are
legally enforceable before the national authorities and courts of the
Member States, thanks to the decisions of the Court of Justice. Recent
years have witnessed a number of cases before the Court regarding
the standstill provisions in association law relating to workers on the
one hand and freedom of establishment and to provide services on
the other. One striking example is the Soysal case, which paved the
way for certain Turkish nationals to travel to Germany without a visa.
Therefore, there is a strong need to explore the exact boundaries of the
abovementioned standstill clauses. This paper examines the nature,
scope and effects of these standstill provisions.