The committee is to approve MEP Maria Gabriel’s report about the introduction of EU-Ukraine visa free regime on Monday. Thus, the issue will stay on the European Parliament’s agenda today.
‘The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs will approve this report – quite a positive report for Ukraine, prepared by our colleague Maria Gabriel. The Committee for Foreign Affairs already approved it. In frameworks of the Committee, we will do our best to reach the positive result and the positive vote’, MEP Andrej Plenkovic said.
He admitted that the process of introduction of visa free regime may be somewhat complicated by the ongoing migration crisis.
‘The only issue we have to take into consideration is the migration issue and the problem with refugees. The visa liberalization matter is closely related to these issues, so it gets more complicated. But I’m sure we will be able to find the positive decision for Ukraine, because Ukrainians deserve it, and what’s also important that Ukraine found a way to cope with waves of internal migration, with the internally displaced persons from Donbas and Crimea – and that’s 1.5 million people in Ukraine,’ the MEP said.
Previously, European Commissioner on EU Neighborhood Policy and Negotiations for EU Enlargement Johannes Hahn reported that the issue of implementation of EU-Ukraine visa free regime is on the final stage.