We commend the Verkhovna Rada on the adoption of a package of laws needed for VLAP positive assessment.
We are pleased to see this important step taken after the discussions MEPs conducted last week in Kyiv with members of the Vekhovna Rada, President Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk in the framework of the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Association Committee. We commend the constructive attitude of political factions in the Verkhovna Rada. An effectively functioning coalition and a stable pro-European majority are strongly desired by Ukrainian citizens. Both are essential to reform the country, establish rule of law and a genuine democratic system in Ukraine.
We understand that there are still some pending issues that need to be finalised and we encourage all parties to settle them as soon as possible so that the European Commission is able to issue a positive recommendation on the visa free regime until the end of the year.
The introduction of a visa-free regime will bring tangible results to Ukrainian citizens and contribute to further pursuing its European perspective.