EU to open borders for Ukrainians no earlier than autumn, - Vice PM

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to Olha Stefanishyna, the issue is not political, but purely epidemiological
13:43, 29 July 2020

The European Union

The European Union is not going to open its borders to Ukrainian citizens this summer due to the coronavirus pandemic. This was announced by Ukraine’s Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Olha Stefanishyna in an interview with Segodnya.

Stefanishyna noted that the issue was not political, but purely epidemiological. At the same time, she added that each EU country could make a decision for itself.

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"Visa-free travel is a political decision and there are no questions about it. Visa-free travel will not be abolished. I think that we can start talking about a more active dialogue in September, as the whole world is waiting for a potential second wave of the coronavirus infection. Therefore, some mitigations are expected in autumn," Stefanishina said.

According to her, the Ukrainian government is actively preparing for the Ukraine-EU summit in Brussels, which is scheduled for October 1.

As we reported earlier, according to Bloomberg, the European Union intends to keep its external borders closed to travelers from most countries for at least another two weeks.

Related: Montenegro partially restricts border crossing for Ukrainians

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