EU preliminary approved visa-free regime for Ukraine

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On Thursday, November 17th, European Union countries agreed on a position on the abolition of visa regime with Ukraine.

Together with signing the agreement, the EU introduced a mechanism of suspension of such a regime. Visits up to 90 days long within 6 months will be allowed.

“On 17 November, the Permanent Representatives Committee (Coreper) agreed, on behalf of the Council, a negotiating position on visa liberalisation for Ukraine. It confirmed the Commission proposal to provide for visa-free travel for EU citizens when travelling to the territory of Ukraine and for citizens of this country when travelling to the EU, for a period of stay of 90 days in any 180-day period,” said in the statement of the EU Council.

Negotiations between Ukraine and the EU on visa-free regime started in 2008. During this time, as it was acknowledged by the EU, Ukraine has fulfilled its obligations. The next step is to start a tripartite dialogue between the EU Council, the European Parliament, and the European Commission on the final text of the document on which the European Parliament will vote.

Source: BBC

 

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