“The issue of the visa-free regime is raised from time to time in European and Ukrainian media. The Ukrainian side has not received official signals from the European Commission on the threat of cancelation of the visa-free regime with the EU. There are no reasons for such a decision and there can be no reasons,” the spokesperson underlined.
He reminded of the report of the European Commission dated August 4 that estimated the fulfillment of demands of the visa liberalization by the countries of Western Balkan countries and Eastern Partnership, particularly, Ukraine in 2020 and the first half of 2021. Brussels positively assessed the observation by Ukraine of criteria of the visa-free regime; however, it recommended improving the management of migration processes and developing the anti-corruption legislation.
Moreover, Nikolenko underlined that Ukraine is not treated as a country with high migration risk, and cooperation with the EU in the readmission sphere takes place at the proper level.
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.
Later, Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Olha Stefanishyna has reacted to the information that a visa-free regime with the European Union could be limited for Ukraine.