The reform is among a set of EU benchmarks that must be met before lifting visa requirements for Turkish nationals seeking to travel to a member state.
“Visa liberalisation is a low-hanging fruit,” he said, saying the demanded reforms could be sorted within a year.
“This is not a big thing for us, Ukraine can do that, Georgia can do that, why not Turkey? It is not a difficulty for us.”
Other outstanding benchmarks include reforming data protection laws, which Kaymakci also said would not be difficult, although an agreement with the EU police agency, Europol, could take more time.
The move to lift visas from Turkish nationals gained momentum in early 2016 as part of a broader migrant swap deal with Anakara that sought to stem the flows of Syrian refugees into Greece.
The initial plan aimed to suspend the visas by the end of the same year but a failed military coup in July upended the schedule.
The ensuing state-orchestrated purge instead saw tens of thousands of people jailed and fired from their posts. Turkey says at least 43,000 have since returned their jobs.
“Now things are settled, investigations are mostly completed, everyone is basically checked, who might be a Gulenist, who is not Gulenist, those who claimed to be Gulenist, things are now settled,” Kaymakci said.
Turkey claims followers of exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen had managed to create a parallel state structure and is behind the failed military coup, a charge Gulen denies.
Migration and money
The money is part of the same migrant packaged deal agreed in 2016. At the time, the European commission said it would disperse two tranches of €3 billion. The second tranche, it noted, would be mobilised once the first €3 billion is close to spent.
“Out of this €3 billion, only a bit more than 20 percent is given to the ministry of education, ministry of health, and ministry of interior,” said Kaymakci.
He said the plan for the second installment of EU funds would be geared towards integration and return of Syrian refugees, among other priorities.