Hurry up: Verkhovna Rada appeals to EU on free visa travel
Politics14:06 Nov. 16, 2016
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Verkhovna Rada appeals to EU on free visa travel

Next week would be a perfect time to approve a visa-free regime for Ukraine, the Verkhovna Rada speaker Parubiy says

Ukrainian parliament approved a draft decree titled "On Verhovna Rada appeal to the EU member states governments, the European Parliament and the EU Council on introducing a free-visa travel regime for the Ukrainian citizens".

The proposed document was supported by 261 parliament members. None of the lawmakers from the pro-Russian Opposition Block fraction cast his vote in favour of the appeal. 

The Ukrainian parliament approaches the EU governments and institutions to support the legislative proposition on introducing the EU visa-free regime for citizens of Ukraine.  The Verkhovna Rada pleaded upon approving this decision by both European Parliament the EU Council by the end of 2016. 

Ukraine has successfully fulfilled all its obligations it assumed to reach the liberalisation of the EU-Ukraine travel regulation. To get a visa-free regime for short travels, the country's parliament introduced the biometrical IDs, approved the anti-discrimination and counter-corruption legislation, the document says. 

Read also EU Commission offers new measures to enter Schengen zone

The draft appeal towards the EU was initiated by Rada speaker Andriy Parubiy. 

"The next week will be a plenary one at the European parliament. Next week we'll be celebrating the anniversary of The Revolution of Dignity... We must point out to our EU partners, that they must be reliable too," the speaker said. 

Read also Further delaying of visa-free regime implementation is unacceptable - Ukraine's Foreign Ministry

No country has paid a bigger price for the visa-free regime that Ukraine, Parubiy also noted. 

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