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Poroshenko submits to parliament package of "urgent visa-free" bills

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has introduced to the Verkhovna Rada a package of three “urgent” bills aimed at Ukraine’s implementation of criteria for the introduction of a visa-free regime with the European Union, in the field of combating corruption.

President submitted to the Verkhovna Rada the so-called
President submitted to the Verkhovna Rada the so-called "visa-free" laws / president.gov.ua

According to the report, in particular, the draft Law of Ukraine "On Amendments to the Law of Ukraine "On the Prosecutor's Office" on ensuring transparency in the organization of work of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office with a view of implementation of the recommendations of the International Monetary Fund” was introduced, improving the selection procedure of top officers of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office and increasing guarantee of its independence and impartiality.

Draft Law of Ukraine on amendments to certain legislative acts of Ukraine on the implementation of the recommendations of the sixth report of the European Commission on the implementation by Ukraine of the Visa Liberalization Action Plan, on the improvement of the foundations of Ukraine's National Asset Recovery Agency is aimed at full implementation of the EU Directive of April 3, 2014 №2014 / 42 / EU on the arrest and confiscation of objects of criminal activity and the income derived from it.

Lithuanian Foreign Minister: Pace of real visa liberalization only depends on UkraineDraft Law of Ukraine on amendments to the Criminal and Criminal Procedural Codes of Ukraine regarding the implementation of the recommendations contained in the sixth report of the European Commission on the implementation by Ukraine of the Visa Liberalization Action Plan regarding the improvement of procedures of arrest of property and the institute of special forfeiture is aimed at improving the procedures for seizure of property and the institute of special confiscation, and bringing them in line with the best European standards and practices.

EC to propose EU Council by April to abolish visas for UkrainiansThe adoption of these laws by the Verkhovna Rada as early as next plenary week will create the necessary conditions for the early introduction by the European Commission to the EU Council and the European Parliament of a legislative proposal to abolish the visa regime for Ukrainian citizens, the report underlines.

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