23 October 2016

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MEPs approve recommendations to speed up visa liberalization for Ukraine

The European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee has voted to support the recommendations to lift visa requirements on short-term trips of the Ukrainian citizens across the Schengen zone, according to MEP from Poland Jacek Saryush-Wolski.


“EP Foreign Affairs Committee has adopted my opinion supporting visa-free travel to EU for citizens of Ukraine,” the MEP tweeted July 7.

In his report, the Polish politician called for his colleagues to support this decision with enthusiasm because Ukraine deserves a visa-free regime with the EU.

It should be noted that the EP Committee on Foreign Affairs has only a supporting role in the approval of a visa-free regime. The main body is Civil Liberties and Home Affairs (LIBE). According to sources of the Europeiska Pravda, the committee voting can be held July 20.

May 26 the speaker on the Ukrainian issue in the LIBE, Maria Gabriel, representing in Brussels their action plan, did not specify when they intends to submit a report for consideration by the European Parliament and was critical about migrants from Ukraine.

Poroshenko says decisive "weeks or even days" ahead in visa liberalization issue for UkraineShe later said she did not intend to delay drafting the report and posed tough questions to remove all doubts about the feasibility of lifting the visa regime.

As reported, the EU postponed the approval of the decision to grant a visa-free regime for Ukraine, Georgia and Kosovo until September.

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