Visa-free travel: important move in EU-Ukraine relations

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The FINANCIAL — The European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs committee issued a statement on the signature of the EU’s visa-free regime for Ukrainian citizens on 17 May.

As of next month, Ukrainian citizens will be able to travel to the EU without a visa for up to 90 days. According to Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), this was a result of “fulfilling all the benchmarks of the visa liberalisation action plan”, in particular in the field of “anti-discrimination and [the] fight against corruption”.

“Today’s signature of the law exempting Ukrainians from visa requirements for travelling in the EU marks the finalisation of a long process which started already in 2008”, the Statement said.

“On this joyful day for Ukraine and for EU-Ukraine relations, we don’t forget however about the deeply worrying developments in the Eastern part of Ukraine and in [the] illegally annexed Crimea.”

MEPs reiterated their call to “stop this evolution and to preserve the unity of the country”, affirming their belief that “these developments must be taken into account, notably in the upcoming discussions on the EU sanctions against the Russian Federation, especially the economic ones.”


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