Ukrine and Europe: EU Committee discusses visa-free regime for Ukraine
Politics15:33 Nov. 17, 2016
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EU Committee discusses visa-free regime for Ukraine

EU Committee of Permanent Representatives gathers to vote for the start of negotiations between the EU Council and the European Parliament on visa liberalization for Ukraine

The Committee's, or Coreper, agenda includes discussing regulations on exemptions from visa requirements - namely, for Ukraine. The second part of the meeting will be dedicated to the preparation of EU-Ukraine summit, planned on November 24. 

The Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament, on November 16, 2016, passed draft resolution No. 5394 as a whole, appealing to the governments of the European Union member states, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union for the introduction of visa-free travel for citizens of Ukraine.

Read more Verkhovna Rada appeals to EU on free visa travel

On October 5, the Committee discussed the same topic concerning Georgia - and voted to support the move to provide the visa-free regime. 

Meanwhile, the European Union plans to implement the temporary internal border control for three months. The visa-free regime with Ukraine will start functioning only after this plan starts to take effect. 

Watch more EU Commission offers new measures to enter Schengen zone

On November 15, EP President Martin Schulz said the European Parliament was ready to the lifting of a visa regime for the Ukrainians.

 

Read more Further delaying of visa-free regime implementation is unacceptable - Ukraine's Foreign Ministry

President Petro Poroshenko during his Sweden visit emphasized that Ukraine had completely fulfilled all the criteria to obtain the visa-free regime with the European Union. 

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