: Ukrainian government, think tanks, activists present memorandum on visa-free regime with EU

18:35 Jun. 29, 2016

Ukrainian government, think tanks, activists present memorandum on visa-free regime with EU

Students carry banner reading “Visa-free regime for Ukraine” as the country celebrates Europe’s Days (UNIAN photo)

Ukraine's informational and educational policy abroad to be intensified

"Communicational memorandum", concerning the EU visa abolition for Ukraine, was presented by the representatives of the Ukrainian parliament and government as well as a range of think tanks and non-governmental organizations on June 29, in Kyiv.

Hanna Hopko, head of Ukraine's parliamentary committee on foreign affairs, said the document testifies the united position of the Ukrainian authorities and society regarding visa cancellation for Ukrainians.

"Visa-free regime increases the perception of Ukraine by different factors, so we have to clearly understand that it is an important step towards the European integration, that's why we need to unite our efforts. We need to redirect domestic debates at benefits and perspectives, which will appear in Ukraine with obtaining visa-free regime", Hopko declared.

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She also informed that the agenda for the parliament, government and society of Ukraine is to enhance informational and educational activities among European politicians, scientists and journalists, so that Europe knows more about Ukraine.

The document also includes the survey, made by the Institute of World Policy among leading European experts, about what threats and risks European governments and citizens see in visa abolition for Ukraine. Among the biggest fears of the EU residents is the probability of a large-scale migration from Ukraine leading to a rise in crime and corruption. They also think that the visa-free regime with Ukraine might "make Russia angry".

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