The European Union at the level of the Committee of permanent representatives of member countries approved the introduction of a visa-free regime for Ukrainian citizens. The final decision must be approved by the European Parliament and the EU Council after the holding of inter-institutional negotiations, reports UNIAN.
“The permanent representatives Committee agreed on behalf of the Council position for negotiations on visa liberalization for Ukraine. The Committee confirmed the Commission’s proposal to grant visa-free entry for EU citizens during visits to the territory of Ukraine and for the citizens of this country during travel to the EU for a period of stay up to 90 days within a 180-day period”, – is spoken in the decision of Brussels.
Reporters noted that the EU Council also expressed the hope that the entry into force of visa liberalization for Ukraine occurred simultaneously with the entry into force of the new “mechanism for temporary suspension”.
The decision of Brussels has responded to the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko congratulated his countrymen. “I urge the EU to complete the process of granting a visa-free regime for Ukraine without further delay and to fulfil their obligations”, – wrote the head of state on his page on Twitter.
Earlier this week, European Parliament President Martin Schulz said that the EU legislature was ready to abolish the visa regime for Ukrainians. “Yes, the issue is on the agenda. If the decision is made, we will issue a press release,” he said.
In October, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko announcedthat a visa-free regime between Ukraine and the EU will begin by November 24. “We agreed that by this time all documents will be ready,” announced the head of state. According to him, Ukraine has fulfilled all the requirements of the European side.
The introduction of a visa-free regime is being actively discussed by the authorities of the EU and Ukraine for two years. However, the deadline for signing the final documents is constantly transferred. Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin said earlier that the postponement is connected with the discussion within Europe concerning the mechanism of the “response to immigration risks”.
The European Commission on 18 December 2015, recommended the EU Council to urgently consider introducing a visa-free regime with Georgia, Ukraine and the unrecognized Kosovo. Ukraine then announced, in particular, the requirement to combat corruption.