09:42 May. 4, 2016
European Commissioner says Kyiv has met all criteria demanded by E.U.
Ukraine, Georgia and Kosovo are expected to get visa liberalisation till the end of this year. The countries have fulfilled all the requirements demanded by the E.U. for free travels across Europe.
This is according to Johannes Hahn, the European Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations.
"We still need to make this political decision, but they have done everything to meet our standards", Hahn said in an interview with RFE/RL.
The Commissioner added, Ukraine still has a lot of work to do to get closer to the E.U. Kyiv needs to not only adopt the laws required for the implementation of the Association agreement, but to actually carry them out.
"I am well aware of the challenges Ukraine is facing. The ongoing war, the 1.5 million of the internally displaced citizens, the huge economic problems. That is quite the task", underlined Hahn.
The European Commission proposed to lift visa requirements for Ukraine on April 20. The decision was passed for approval to the European Parliament and the Council of Europe. The procedure is expected to take a few months.