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 “We’re in home stretch but migration crisis may cause delay,” - Rada First Vice-Speaker on visa-free regime with EU

First Vice-Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Iryna Herashchenko fears that the European Union may tie the date of abolition of visas for Ukrainians to adoption of a special mechanism for its suspension due to migration crisis in the EU.

As reported by Censor.NET, the MP wrote on Facebook.

Herashchenko wrote: "I discussed coordination of the efforts regarding visa-free regime with Deputy Prime Minister for Euro-Atlantic Integration Ivanna Klympush-Tsyntsadze, Deputy Foreign Minister Olena Zerkal and representatives of the European Integration Committee, Foreign Affairs Committee as well as NGO experts and representatives."

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"We're in the home stretch but there is a threat that the European side, which is now debating on the issue of special mechanism to suspend visa-free regime in the event of irregularities or migration risks, may tie the date of visa abolition for Ukraine to the adoption of this mechanism. In turn, Ukraine insists on the fact that all the items of the Visa Liberalization Action Plan have been fulfilled, therefore, ordinary Ukrainians should obtain the right to travel without visas as quickly as possible. Under EU procedures, the issue on visa-free regime must first be considered by the relevant Committee of Justice in the European Parliament. Then a debate must take place in the session hall of the European Parliament. The EU Council will decide as appropriate after that. Neither the Committee nor the EP has yet defined dates of the Ukraine's issue consideration."

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"The full mobilization of the Ukrainian Parliament, all political forces, and MPs is now critical for the two-way dialogue with MEPs in order to speed up the consideration of the issue by the EP and obtain positive result. We place particular hope on opinion and support of the experts and non-governmental organizations that hold active talks with the European partners. We have elaborated a roadmap and take steps so that Ukrainians will be able to get a visa-free regime as soon as possible," she summed up.

 
 
 
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