Visa Wars: EU parliament to discuss visa-free regime in January

15:58 Jan. 18, 2016

EU parliament to discuss visa-free regime in January

EC to propose EU Council by April to abolish visas for Ukrainians. (Getty Images)

Suspension mechanism is likely to be discussed in January

The European Parliament is set to discuss the suspension mechanism for visa-free short travel regime with Ukraine, Kosovo and Georgia on January 18, 2017, the UNIAN agency reports.  

According to a schedule published on the institution's website, the Europarlamentarians may discuss a 2016/0142(COD) amending regulation on that day during their January session.

The suspension mechanism is announced as a necessary option for long-awaited non-visa regime between the EU and the mentioned countries. According to the EU officials statements, it can be triggered in the alarming conditions due to the biggest migrant crisis in Europe since WWII. 

Read also Suspension mechanism to be discussed on November 29 - RFE/RL

Ukraine has successfully fulfilled all 144 options for obtaining non-visa regime with the EU countries, Ukrainian officials note. In April, the EU Commission recommended the European Parliament and the EU Council to cancel visas for Ukraine, as it recognised all demands successfully fulfilled. 




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