25 October 2016

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EP to hear report on proposed visa-free travel for Ukraine on Sept 5

A report in support of the European Commission's initiative to grant Ukraine visa-free travel will be presented to the European Parliament on September 5, according to a UNIAN correspondent.

The European Parliament will hear a report on Ukraine on September 5 / Photo from UNIAN
The European Parliament will hear a report on Ukraine on September 5 / Photo from UNIAN

"I intended to present my report before summer but, unfortunately, due to the outcome of the UK referendum, some committee meetings have been cancelled and the agendas postponed. That is why my report will be presented on the 5th of September," Rapporteur of the European Parliament on the visa liberalization for Ukraine, Mariya Gabriel, told UNIAN.

According to Gabriel, the report will become available during the summer.

"I received a lot of information from the European Commission and the Ukrainian authorities. I want to commend the Ukrainian side for their excellent cooperation. The signals received on the progress achieved are positive. My report will support the proposal of the Commission and explain the evaluation of all the information received, in reaching the conclusion that the EP should, indeed, support visa liberalisation for Ukraine," she said.

MEPs approve recommendations to speed up visa liberalization for UkraineAs UNIAN reported earlier, the European Commission announced it had proposed that the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union end the requirements for visas for Ukrainian citizens travelling to the EU.

This proposal stems from the positive assessment in December 2015 by the European Commission of Ukraine's fulfillment of all provisions of its Visa Liberalization Plan.

On July 11, EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn expressed his hope that Ukraine's visa-free regime would be decided no later than October. "I'm sure we'll be able to make a final decision early in autumn," he said.

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