According to UkrainskaPravda, Malmström's letter, addressed tothe ministers of foreign affairs and interior ministers of Europeancountries, is a closed document, but their correspondent managed tosee its text.
The Commissionerstressed that, despite the ongoing negotiations between Ukraine andthe EU regarding the complete abolition of the visa regime, the EUMember States need to make better use of existingmechanisms.
In particular, theCommission stressed that the Member States should use its right toissue long-term visas more actively than it is happening today andrequire less paperwork in applying for a visa.
In a commentary toEuroPravda, the Commissioner confirmed that she sent such anaddress.
"I have sent aletter to all member countries, in which I stated that you can usethe maximum of opportunities provided in the Visa Code for easingthe visa pressure on Ukrainian citizens. I know that some countriesare doing it quite well, but not all."
Officialstatistics for long-term visas issueing to Ukrainians is notcurrently published, but it is known that this percentage is smallin most countries with a few exceptions (among those issuing mostlong-term visas are Poland, Czech Republic,Slovakia).
A diplomaticsource told EuroPravda that this address is formally arecommendation to the member countries, but most consulates inUkraine confirmed that they intend to follow theserecommendations.