News from Ukraine: Ukraine may get visa-free regime with E.U. despite Dutch vote

15:48 Apr. 26, 2016

Ukraine may get visa-free regime with E.U. despite Dutch vote

A pro-European Union activist stands on top of a barricade of their tent camp in Independence Square, Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 (AP Photo)

The Netherlands to submit Ukraine visa-free proposal to E.C. as soon as possible   

The Permanent Representation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the European Union Pieter de Gooijer assures that Dutch authorities are willing to submit a proposal on the Ukraine-E.U. visa-free regime to the European Council.

Read also Ukraine-E.U. Association Agreement must not be altered following Dutch referendum – MEP

He said that during the April 26 EU-Ukraine Association Committee meeting, at the European Parliament in Brussels, according to UNIAN.

'I think we will have a few more rounds of negotiations. As E.U. Presidency holder, we strive to make the procedure easier. We are looking forward to an open and constructive debate in the working group and the Committee of Permanent Representatives in order to put the issue before the European Council as soon as possible, during the next few months,' Pieter de Gooijer said.

Although, such a decision requires a majority vote, still the diplomat said they will do their best to make sure most countries would adopt a resolution on Ukraine.

On April 6, the Netherlands held a consultative referendum on the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement. 61% of the votes were cast against the agreement with 38.21% of the voters supporting it. The turnout was 32.28%.

On April 14, Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte said that a decision on the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the E.U. would not be taken until late June. The Netherlands decided to initiate putting forward amendments to the agreement as a result of the debate, with the participation of the political forces represented in parliament.

Read also Visa-free travel for Ukraine is imminent

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

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