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No political decision on visa-free regime for Ukraine yet, - Lithuanian MEP
16:24, 8 December 2016
No political decision on visa-free regime for Ukraine yet, - Lithuanian MEP

Voting in the European Parliament could take place in February, March or even later, - Petras Austrevicius

16:24, 8 December 2016

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There is still no political decision about granting Ukraine visa-free regime. Petras Austrevicius, MEP from Lithuania, said this in the exclusive commentary to 112 Ukraine TV channel.

The official said it’s a ‘big step forward’ that the European Parliament and the Committee of permanent representatives of EU member counties approved the agreement about the revision of the mechanism of visa free regime suspension. That happened in Brussels on December 7.

‘I hope for clearer political calendars of decision-making on the visa-free regime. After that, we’ll be able to vote in the European Parliament. That could be February, March, April or even later. Technically, we’re ready, but there’s no political decision yet. Nevertheless, I’d say that the situation is definitely positive,’ Austrevicius said.    

The decision on the visa-free regime for Ukraine now needs to be approved during the European Parliament session, slated for January 18. Then it will be considered in the European Council. Thus, the visa-free regime is expected to take effect in February. The suspension mechanism is the last obstacle in visa liberalization for Ukraine. Previously, European authorities rounded off the internal negotiations on suspension mechanism and reached an agreement on the issue. As we reported earlier, the non-visa travel requires a biometric international passport for the citizens of Ukraine.

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