15:22 Apr. 20, 2016
Document states that Kyiv has met the criteria needed for visa liberalisation
The European Commission has officially proposed visa liberalisation for Ukraine. The revelant document was published on the website of the institution on April 20. According to it, Kyiv has satisfied all the requirements needed for visa-free travel for Ukrainians across Europe.
"It is considered that Ukraine has met all the benchmarks set out in the Visa Liberalisation Action Plan, and therefore fulfils the criteria for its citizens to be exempted from the visa requirement when travelling to the territory of the EU", the document reads.
Now the proposal needs to be approved by the European Parliament and the members of the E.U. After that, it must be agreed upon by the Council of Europe. How much time it will take remains unknown. Ukrainian officials predict it will be completed in the next few months.
Earlier, Linas Linkevicius, Lithuania's Foreign Affairs Minister, said the European Union should accelerate visa liberalisation for Ukraine.