Visa Wars: EU suspension mechanism talks finished with no results

16:10 Nov. 29, 2016

EU suspension mechanism talks finished with no results

EU-Ukraine summit at the European Council building in Brussels (AP photo)

France and Germany demand suspension for all nationals of a certain country

The trilateral talks on developing a suspension mechanism for the visa-free regime for Ukraine, Georgia and Kosovo ended up on Tuesday with no effective result, the UNIAN agency reports. 

"The negotiations held in the morning in Brussels leave no possibility to speak of successful trilateral dialogue," the agency quotes the Evropeiska Pravda news outlet. 

The member states await for rebates by the European Parliament. France and Germany insist that the visa-free travel regime is meant to be suspended for all of the citizens of a country recognised as problematic by the EU commission. Meanwhile, the European Parliament officials stress that if invoked, the probable suspension of visa-free travel regime can be suspended for certain categories of foreign nationals deriving from the countries recognised as problematic. 

Among other issues, there is a legislative status of a probable introduction of the suspension mechanism. Also, the negotiators are concerned, such a decision would need accordance with the European Parliament. 

German and French parts are reported to stand firmly on their position, that being they are not ready to step back. Without the respective progress in developing the suspension mechanism, introducing visa-free regime for Ukraine and Georgia are postponed, the agency notes. 

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 because of 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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