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Cancellation of visa-free travel for Ukraine not on agenda yet,- EU

Source : 112 Ukraine

It is noted that despite criticism from the European Court of Auditors (ECA) about the incomplete fulfillment of the criteria for visa-free travel by Ukraine, they are not going to cancel it
13:30, 4 October 2021

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The European Union has stated that the abolition of visa-free travel for Ukraine is not even on the agenda.This was reported by the Acting Head of SGUA is Katarina Mathernova, Deputy Director General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations.

It is noted that despite criticism from the European Court of Auditors (ECA) about the incomplete fulfillment of the criteria for visa-free travel by Ukraine, they are not going to cancel it.

Related: EU has no grounds to cancel visa-free regime, - Ukraine’s MFA

"I will answer directly: visa-free travel is well-deserved for Ukraine, it is also a result of Ukraine's choice of a European future. This means that visa liberalization is a good example and incentive for other countries with a similar desire," she explained.

However, in theory, the European Commission does not exclude any of the options.

"We will continue to monitor the anti-corruption criteria for the "mechanism for the suspension of visa-free travel", which includes the continuous implementation of indicators of liberalization and the provision of recommendations," Mathernova said.

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. 

Among the abuses cited are unlawful residency and unfounded asylum claims.

Related: Pandemic forced Ukraine to restart negotiations on visa-free travel with EU, - ambassador

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