EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell said that Brussels continues to monitor the fight against corruption in Ukraine as part of the mechanism to suspend visa-free travel as Radio Liberty reported.
“Visa-free travel is the result of the efforts that have been made to build the European future. However, we continue to monitor anti-corruption issues as part of the visa-free suspension mechanism. This includes an annual report - an assessment of the actions taken by Ukraine to ensure continued compliance with the criteria for visa liberalization, the formulation of recommendations and verification of their implementation,” Borrell underlined.
At the same time, he noted that as of now, the European borders are open to Ukrainians in the same way as in the days before the coronavirus pandemic. Ukrainian Covid certificates became one of the first certificates among partner countries, which were recognized by the European Union. Thanks to this relaxation of travel restrictions in August, as well as visa-free travel for biometric passport holders, hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians have already been able to enter the EU.
Earlier, it was reported that the EU countries intend to limit the visa-free regime for the Balkan and Eastern European states due to "abuses". Ukraine was also included in this list.
At the beginning of October, Katarina Mathernova, Deputy Director General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations stated that the abolition of visa-free travel for Ukraine is not even on the agenda of the EU.