: Visa liberalization postponed over Brexit and migrants – Ukrainian official

10:15 Jul. 7, 2016

Visa liberalization postponed over Brexit and migrants – Ukrainian official

Flags of Ukraine and E.U. in Kyiv (UNIAN photo)

Kyiv says approval is supposed to take place in September

The approval of the visa liberalization for Ukraine has been postponed by the EU. This is reported by Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euroatlantic integration Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze in an interview with Ukraine's 5 Channel. 

Read also: Ukraine cautious over possible visa liberalisation delay after Brexit

"Brexit and the migrant crisis had led to a situation, when some countries initiated the consideration and coordination of the suspension mechanism, which would allow the EU to quickly suspend the visa-free travel for certain countries, if necessary", Klympush-Tsintsadze says.

Read also: Ukraine's FM: E.U. works on mechanism of 'extra confidence' in visa-free travel for Ukraine

Today, July 7 the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament recommended the EU to fasten the approval of the the visa-free regime for Ukraine, based on the positive report of the European Deputy Jacek Saryusz-Wolski.

The next stage of the approval by the European Parliament, which was initially set to take place this summer, is now supposed to happen later in September, Klympush-Tsintsadze said. 

At the same time, on July 7 Jan Tombinski, the EU ambassador to Kyiv, said Brexit would not impact the visa-free travel for Ukraine. 

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