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 EU visa waiver program for Ukrainians likely to be adopted before May 18, - first deputy foreign minister Prystaiko says

The European Union will most likely adopt introduction of the visa-free travel for Ukrainian citizens before May 18.

This was announced by First Deputy Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko at today's government meeting, Censor.NET reports citing Liga.

"On April 26, the Committee of Permanent Representatives of the European Union will most likely enshrine the results of the consultations held by this European body on granting Ukraine a visa-free travel. This issue will perhaps be submitted for the approval of the Council of European Union on May 11, and it may be signed in the next few days - most likely May 15-16 or May 18," he said.

Prystaiko added that visa liberalization would officially come into force 20 days after the publication of the relevant document.

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First Vice Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Iryna Herashchenko wrote on Facebook that Brussels confirmed the schedule under which Ukraine would be granted a visa-free regime, which stipulates that Ukrainians will enjoy the EU visa waiver program by mid-June.

"I hope certain lawmakers who confuse the Verkhovna Rada with other bodies will not disrupt it," she added.

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On April 6, the European Parliament approved granting the right for Ukrainians to travel to the EU countries without visas. 30 European countries including 26 EU member states (except for Ireland and U.K.) and four Schengen countries - Iceland, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and Norway - intend to liberalize visa requirements for Ukrainians.
 
 
 
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