In the European Parliament on may 17 signed the act, which for the citizens of Ukraine introduced a visa-free regime with the EU. About it reports the UNIAN. On 11 may, the EU Council approved the introduction of visa-free regime for citizens of Ukraine.
The document was signed by the President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani and the Minister of internal Affairs and national security presidency in the EU Council of Malta Carmelo Abela. The ceremony was also attended by the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and the speaker of the European Parliament on this issue Maria Gabriel.
After the signing of the legislative act must be published in the Official journal of the EU. After 20 days, visa-free regime will come into force. It is expected that this will occur approximately June 11.
After the entry into force of visa-free regime citizens of Ukraine who have biometric passports will be able to freely visit the EU for short stays within 90 days.
This rule will apply to all countries – EU members except Ireland and the UK, and with the exception of four countries outside the EU but outside the Schengen area. We are talking about Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland. The European Union reserves the right to suspend visa-free regime with Ukraine in case of problems with the migration or security.
“Today is a historic day for Ukraine, for the 45-million nation. I am absolutely sure that this is a historical day for the European Union. Ukraine back to the European family. Ukraine says goodbye for the last time with the Soviet and Russian empires”, – declared Poroshenko.
As informs a press-service of the Ukrainian leader, the head of state during his working visit to Strasbourg also stressed that Ukraine is determined to continue the process of reforming the country, and reminded that just for the sake of visa liberalization with the EU the country had implemented reforms 144.
“I always say that war is not a reason to delay the reforms, and I very much appreciate the support of Ukraine by the European Parliament in this difficult time when Ukraine is protected from the Russian aggression,” Poroshenko continued.
The President of the European Parliament, in turn, urged Kiev to continue to work together with the EU “for the sake of peace and stability.” “For us it is extremely important that you are involved in this process. We realize that the situation is not easy, and we need to work hard. We support you and count on your involvement to work together,” said Tajani.
Last week, the Russian foreign Ministry called the visa-free regime of Ukraine with the EU “carrot on a string”. “This so-called visa-free regime with Ukraine – to a certain extent, such a “carrot on a string”, which is just slightly simplifies the existing system,” said Deputy foreign Minister Alexei Meshkov. “Remains (condition) – in only three months within half a year, it has no relationship to the work permit”, he added.