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EU to sign documents on visa liberalization for Ukraine till May 18
14:01, 19 April 2017
EU to sign documents on visa liberalization for Ukraine till May 18

Ukrainians will have visa-free regime with 30 European countries, 26 of which are EU members, - Prystayko

14:01, 19 April 2017

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine

EU is to sign documents on visa-free travels for Ukraine until May 18. This was announced by the First Deputy Foreign Minister Vadym Prystayko today during the government’s session.

“April 26 is the next date when, most likely, the Committee of EU Permanent Representatives will confirm the results of European institutions’ three-side discussion on granting Ukraine a visa-free regime,” he said.

This issue will be submitted to the EU Council for approval on May 11 and signing will take place in the near future, Prystayko added.

"Most likely, May 15-16, possibly May 18, the documents will be signed," the deputy minister said.

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Ukrainians will have visa-free regime with 30 European countries, 26 of which are EU members (except for Ireland and Great Britain) and with countries in Schengen zone: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and Norway, according to Prystayko.

Earlier it was reported that Ukraine welcomes visa liberalization by European Parliament. Foreign Ministry hopes the visa free regime to start working in summer.

Related: Ukraine’s Vice Speaker: EU sanctions possible in case of visa free regime violations

‘We expect the Council of Europe to make their decision in the coming weeks, which would let Ukrainians enjoy the right of visa-free traveling to the EU already during this summer’s vacations. The wide support of this decision among all leading political forces in the European Parliament is the recognition of progress that our country showed in conducting large-scale reforms – such as fighting corruption, human rights protection, managing borders and migration flow,’ the statement reads.

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