"We have a number of issues on the agenda today, including the one on visa-free regime with our European partners. Ukraine is currently on the second stage of preparation for the introduction of visa-free regime. The main element that was required is the introduction of biometric passports. The biometric passports that meet the international and European standards will be issued in Ukraine from Jan. 12," he said.
Yatseniuk noted that 35 terminals capable of producing up to 30 thousand passports per month have already been installed.
Furthermore, 606 passport-issuing points should start operating from Feb. 15.
"It's almost 200 points more than we now have under the current operational system, and we are going to reach the figure of 2.5 million passports issued per year in 2015. Now we issue 1.5 million passports and will issue 2.5 million ones. Thus all the international passports, which the citizens currently have in possession, are valid. The Ukrainians can travel with these passports, they do not need to be returned or changed. All these passports are valid until the time when the person decides to get a new biometric one," Yatseniuk said.
According to him, the decision is also made that the children will be issued not travel documents but travel passports that meets all European standards and will be valid for four years as in the member states of the European Union.