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 Parliament has fulfilled most of Ukraine’s visa liberalization obligations, - MP Iryna Herashchenko

The Verkhovna Rada has fulfilled most of the obligations under the Action Plan to liberalize the visa regime between Ukraine and the European Union.

Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on European Integration, Poroshenko Bloc faction MP Iryna Herashchenko told reporters, Censor.NET informs citing the press service of the Petro Poroshenko Bloc party.

"Besides the Visa Liberalization Action Plan, Ukraine has undertaken commitments to amend legislation in four areas: migration policy, human rights, security, and fight against corruption. Therefore, when we talk about the implementation of the Visa Liberalization Action Plan, we mean not the quantity of laws but the implementation of the package of obligations. We achieved a substantial progress in the field of migration and security policy and it was commended by the European side," Iryna Herashchenko said.

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According to her, the Parliament has made significant progress in the adoption of anti-corruption legislation of late. At the same time, the chairman of the committee stressed the importance of state anti-corruption agencies' startup. "Only then we can say that this item of Ukraine's commitments is fulfilled. Therefore, the president has clearly pointed out that the Anti-Corruption Bureau must start working in Ukraine before Dec. 1 as well as anti-corruption prosecutor must be elected," the MP said.

"Also, our commitments concerning the adaptation of labor legislation to the European standards in terms of non-discrimination have been unfulfilled until today. The non-discrimination in the workplace by age, sex, religion, political beliefs or sexual orientation, attitude to trade unions or strikes is meant. The key European value is respect for every person and his identity. It is important that the MPs adopt this amendment to the Labor Code consciously," Herashchenko said.

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