: European Commission to possibly suggest lifting visas for Ukrainians in late April

19:07 Apr. 7, 2016

European Commission to possibly suggest lifting visas for Ukrainians in late April

A vendor sells European Union and Ukrainian flags near Independence Square after it was announced that Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych agreed to receive major economic assistance from Russia, on December 17, 2013 in Kiev, Ukraine (Getty Images)

EC spokesperson says Dutch referendum result will not affect decision 

The European Commission plans to propose visa-free regime for Ukraine to the E.U. Council at the end of April.

This is according to Margaritis Schinas, the Eurocommision's chief spokesperson.

Read also President Poroshenko says Ukraine has done everything needed for visa-free EU travel

"The President Jean-Claude Juncker said last month that these recommendations would be passed no later than April", said Schinas.

The spokesperson responded to journalist who asked about the potential impact of the Dutch referendum on visa-liberalisation for Ukrainians.

The Dutch referendum on the E.U.-Ukraine Association Agreement took place on April 6. According to the preliminary exit polls, 60 percent of the voters disapproved the deal.

If the official results remain negative, the government of the Netherlands might apply for the denouncement of the agreement.


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