New regulations aimed at improving security took effect in the European Union starting today, so thorough checks are possible. This is not in any way connected with the EU's vote for visa liberalization for Ukrainians. This was announced by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin during the hour of questions to the government in the Verkhovna Rada on air of 112 Ukraine TV channel.
“Starting today, new improved EU security regulations start acting. It means that they will work not only for citizens of Ukraine, but absolutely for everyone. This means that there may be additional checks, targeted checks, comparing data with the Schengen register, with national registries. Therefore, if it takes a minute longer for you to cross the border, do not worry. This has nothing to do with the introduction of a visa-free regime or other procedures,” Klimkin said.
He also congratulated everyone with European Parliament supporting visa liberalization for Ukrainians.
Earlier it was reported that European Parliament supported the introduction of a visa-free regime for Ukrainian citizens. This means that there are only a couple of stages of approval left.
A year ago, in April 2016, European Commission sent an official proposal on the abolition of visas for Ukrainians. The European Commissioner for Migration, Internal Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitras Avramopulos, explained that Ukraine has fulfilled all the requirements for the necessary reforms. Then the Europeans were concerned about the agreement on the mechanism for canceling visa-free travel, the Netherlands in a referendum opposed the Ukraine-EU association, and we, with long discussions and difficulties, launched the e-declaration process. All this directly or indirectly delayed the provision of visa-free travel.