Wait some more: Visa free regime for Ukraine, Georgia may be posponed to summer - RFE/RL

11:29 Nov. 24, 2016

Visa free regime for Ukraine, Georgia may be posponed to summer - RFE/RL

European Parliament President Martin Schultz speaks during a media conference (AP photo)

Suspension mechanism can be approved only after France elections

Introducing EU free visa regime could be postponed until the summer of 2017, as European officials seem to fail approving a suspension mechanism by the end of the year, the RFE/RL reporter in Brussels Rikard Jozwiak notes on Thursday. 

"Not sure there will be a deal on suspension mechanism in 2016. Might have to wait till after elections in April-May," he wrote on his Twitter page. 

According to the statement, the EU officials might resume suspension mechanism introducing after first and second round of presidential elections, which are due to be held on April 23 and May 7 correspondingly. 

On that basis, visa regime can be abolished for Georgia and Ukraine no sooner than summer 2017, as the decision must enter into force 21 days after approving. 

As previously reported, the suspension mechanism for EU free travel regime must be worked out and introduced before Georgia, Ukraine and potentially Turkey and Kosovo obtain free-visa short-term movement. 

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