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Debates regarding visa-free regime for Ukraine ended in European Parliament
21:37, 5 April 2017
Debates regarding visa-free regime for Ukraine ended in European Parliament

Deputies called reform process positive during hostilities in the East

21:37, 5 April 2017

Reuters

Debates on the visa liberalization for Ukraine concluded in the European Parliament, MPs will be voting tomorrow.

Most of the MEPs advocated for visa-free regime for Ukraine during the debates, stressing that Ukraine has fulfilled all conditions.

In particular, Michael Gahler, the Member of the European Parliament from Germany and member of Committee on Foreign Affairs, announced that Ukraine embodied not only technical, but also political changes. He stressed that reforms are implemented slowly, but hostilities in the East should be also taken into account.

Dutch MEP Beatrix von Storch reminded Poroshenko about his property and offshore documents, which were published during PanamaLeaks scandal. She also stressed that Ukraine has high level of corruption now.

Polish MEP Michał Boni favored visa liberalization for Ukraine, explaining that Ukraine is changing for the best and makes reforms in war conditions.

"Visa-free regime for Ukraine is not a gift, but result of fighting of Ukrainians with corruption and reforms, made during the war," Boni noted.

Beyond that, Polish MEP Anna Fotyga supported visa-lib for Ukraine, however stressed that "mentioning Stepan Bandera’s name would be a concern". 

At the same time, decision about obligatory declaration of income for NGO’s was harshly criticized in the European Parliament.

It was earlier reported about short pause because of fire alarm during the plenary session, however MEPs got back to work and hearing continued.

As it was reported earlier, the European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE Committee) voted for granting visa-free regime for Ukraine on March 9.

A visa-free regime between the European Union countries and Georgia took force on March 28, which is "a good signal for Ukraine" according to the European Council President Donald Tusk.

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