Deputy Minister of Ukraine`s Ministry of Foreign Affairs for European integration Olena Zerkal has told head of the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine Hugues Mingarelli that a further delay in decision-making on the introduction of EU visa-free travel for Ukrainians is ”unacceptable,” according to the ministry`s website.
”It was stressed that Ukraine had fulfilled all the criteria of its EU visa liberalization plan, which has been confirmed by a European Commission report dated December 18, 2015. In particular, anti-corruption agencies have been established, they have already demonstrated their effectiveness. An electronic declaration system has been introduced as a commitment to the best European anti-corruption standards,” the ministry reported on a meeting between Zerkal and Mingarelli.
”In this regard, Ukraine expects that the institutions and EU Member States will put more effort into the approval of a legislative initiative to grant Ukrainian citizens the right to travel to the EU for short periods without visas in the near future, without correlating it with the process of agreeing a temporary suspension mechanism within the EU,” the ministry said.
As UNIAN reported earlier, the European Commission April 20 proposed the European Parliament and Council of the European Union abolish visas for Ukrainian citizens. This proposal was the result of a positive evaluation by the European Commission announced in December last year, confirming that Ukraine had fulfilled all the criteria within the Visa Liberalization Action Plan.
On September 26, the European Parliament`s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) backed a report on granting Ukraine a visa-free regime and provided a mandate to start negotiations between the EU institutions.
October 23, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that the EU would make a decision on the introduction of a visa-free regime with Ukraine ahead of the EU-Ukraine Summit scheduled for November 24.