Ukraine's visa-free travel to Europe: European Parliament to consider report on visa-free regime for Ukraine on September 5

15:55 Sep. 2, 2016

European Parliament to consider report on visa-free regime for Ukraine on September 5

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Final decision expected to be made in October 2016

The European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties will consider the EU's visa-free regime for Ukraine on 5 September.

This was reported by the European Parliament.

The statement reads: "In the LIBE meeting on 5 September Members will vote on the draft reports as well as on the decision to open the interinstitutional negotiations on the listing the third countries whose nationals must be in possession of visas when crossing the external borders and those whose nationals are exempt from that requirement for Kosovo and Georgia. The draft report on the visa liberalisation with Ukraine will be presented by Ms Maryia Gabriel, the rapporteur, in the presence of Olena Zerkal, Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine. Also Ms Michèle Coninsx, President of Eurojust will present the annual report for the year 2015."

On August 30, the European Parliament registered the legislative resolution on listing Ukraine among third countries whose nationals are exempt from a visa requirement.

As reported earlier, the European Union was preparing to approve the visa-free regime for Ukraine in October.

Ukraine has already completed all the requirements to obtain the visa-free regime. The only remaining obstacle is implemenation of the e-declaration system

The European Commission officially proposed visa liberalisation for Ukraine on April 20, saying that Kyiv has complied with the requirements for visa-free travel for Ukrainians across Europe.

On July 11, EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Johannes Hahn expressed hope that the visa-free regime issue with Ukraine would be resolved by October.

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