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European Council confirmed agreement on visa liberalization for Ukrainians
19:37, 2 March 2017
European Council confirmed agreement on visa liberalization for Ukrainians

The European Parliament should vote for the decision next

19:37, 2 March 2017

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The Council of the European Union confirmed the informal agreement on visa liberalization for Ukrainians, according to the press service of the EU Council.

"On 2 March 2017, EU ambassadors confirmed, on behalf of the Council, the informal agreement reached on 28 February 2017 between the Maltese Presidency and the European Parliament on visa liberalization for Ukrainians," the message says.

The agreement provides for visa-free travel for Ukrainian citizens when traveling to the European Union for a period of stay of 90 days in any 180-day period.

"We have demonstrated our strong commitment to visa-free travel for Ukrainian citizens, now that Ukraine has met the necessary conditions for a visa free regime. The reform of the suspension mechanism adopted on 27 February enabled us to finalize this agreement," Carmelo Abela, Maltese Minister for Home Affairs and National Security noted.

It is noteworthy that trialogue on visa liberalization for Ukraine has ended successfully on February 28, according to journalist Rikard Jozwiak. Currently the steering committee of the European Parliament has to confirm the agreement, then the decision is taken by the European Parliament during plenary session and EU Council afterwards.

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