15:52 Nov. 3, 2016
Visa regime for Ukraine will be abolished just when the suspension mechanism enters into power, the EU Council says
The EU Council's Permanent Representatives Committee agreed its negotiating position on visa liberalisation for Ukraine on Thursday.
The committee confirmed the Commission proposal to provide for visa-free travel for EU citizens when travelling to the territory of Ukraine and for citizens of this country when travelling to the EU, for a period of stay of 90 days in any 180-day period, a communique says. The Council takes the view that the entry into force of visa liberalisation for Ukraine should be at the same time as the entry into force of the new suspension mechanism.
"By giving its green light today, the Council has demonstrated its commitment to visa-free travel for citizens of Ukraine, taking into account that all requirements have been met. Credible reform is the right path and should be encouraged. I am also delighted that our decision is able to send a positive message in the run up to the EU-Ukraine Summit on 24 November," the Committee president Peter Javorčík is quoted as saying.
The discussions between Parliament and the Council on the visa suspension mechanism are still ongoing, the document says.