EU ambassadors today to decide on visa waivers for Ukraine

10:00, 26 April 2017
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On April 26, the Committee of Permanent Representatives of the EU member states (COREPER) will consider the issue of granting Ukraine a visa-free regime, according to an UNIAN correspondent in Brussels.

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The relevant issue is on the agenda of the meeting, which will begin in Brussels at 10:00 local time.

The Committee must decide on a draft legislative act of the European Parliament and the Council on amending the list of the third countries whose nationals must be in possession of visas when crossing the external borders and those whose nationals are exempt from that requirement (Ukraine).

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In the case of a positive decision at the level of permanent representatives, the proposal must be approved by the Council of the European Union with the subsequent signing by the presidents of the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union.

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