The Committee on civil liberties, justice and home Affairs
The European Parliament approved on Monday, 26 September, plans for the abolition of visas
for Ukrainian citizens in the Schengen area, reported on the website
Of the European Parliament.
A resolution prepared by the Bulgarian politician Maria Gabriel,
approved 38 members of the relevant Committee, four voted against,
one abstained. Earlier, the European Parliament Andrei Plenkovich noted that
the Committee tried to achieve a good result at the ballot box.
Gabriel pointed out that the dialogue on visa liberalization was
“an effective tool to promote challenging
reform”, particularly in the field of justice and internal Affairs, referring to
adopted in February by the Verkhovna Rada a package of “visa-free” lawsthat increase the fight against corruption, illegal migration and discrimination.
Bulgarian MEP called the ratified EU-Ukraine agreement
the Association is clear proof of the General desire for
convergence. The visa waiver, she said, will provide specific
achievement, showing the desire of Ukrainians to the stability and
the development of the country on the path of reforms and European values.
Speaking about the security threat and the threat of migration, the speaker said,
that the rate of refusal of issuing visas for Ukrainians
is less than 2%, and the rate of return of irregular migrants
the framework of a bilateral agreement signed in 2007, – more
80%. Meanwhile, according to experts, in case of establishing
visa-free regime Ukraine can
to leave about three million people.
The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko took the decision of the Committee as
a gift on your birthday. Monday, September 26, him
turned 51 years old. “The best gift on birthday did not expect the Committee
The European Parliament Committee on civil liberties supported the
Ukrainians visa-free regime. This is an important step to the final solution
which we expect in the near future”, – stated in the page
Ukrainian President in Facebook.
The decision is Advisory in nature. The abolition of visas in October have
to be approved by the European Parliament and the Council, and then the citizens
Of Ukraine who have biometric passports, will be able within 90 days of
The 180-day period to travel to Schengen countries and other
EU States except the UK and Ireland.
The EU and Kiev started negotiations on visa liberalization in 2008
year. In December 2015, the European Commission presented reports, which
it was said that Ukraine and Georgia have fulfilled all the conditions for
the liberalization of the visa regime with the EU. In April, the European Commission made
a legislative initiative to introduce a visa-free regime for Ukrainian
Currently only one country in Europe not to have ratified
the Association agreement of Ukraine with the European Union – the Netherlands. In this case
Prime Minister mark Rutte said last week that in the end the agreement will not be ratified.