17:36 Jun. 9, 2016
European countries question why the process is taking longer than expected
25 E.U. member countries demand explanation from Germany, France and Italy on why the decision to abolish visas for Ukraine and Georgia continues to be put off; this came after a meeting of the Permanent Representatives Committee to the E.U. Council, according to Ukrinform news agency.
"Yesterday we considered the question of the position of the E.U. leading institution on the abolition of visa requirements for Georgian citizens. Germany is still blocking the decision, expressing concern about the high level of organised crime in Georgia. Berlin is supported by France and Italy on this matter. They also want to change Ukraine's role in this visa liberalization package," the European diplomat, who was present at the meeting commented.
According to him, Justice and Interior Ministers of the E.U. states will discuss visa abolition for Ukraine, Georgia, Turkey and Kosovo on June 10.
"It is still early to talk about the visa-free regime for Turkey and Kosovo, but Ukraine and Georgia, as laid out in the European Commission reports, have clearly met all the criteria and deserve a cancellation of visa requirements. Therefore, 25 E.U. countries want to hear from Germany, France and Italy on the causes of delay in granting visa-free travel for our partners," the European diplomat added.