Rada asks European Parliament to step up visa liberalization

The Verkhovna Rada has addressed the European Parliament, the EU Council, the European Commission, the parliaments and the leadership of the European states with a request to expedite granting Ukraine a visa-free regime.

As reported by Censor.NET, such a decision was supported by 257 deputies.

While introducing the document, Verkhovna Rada First Deputy Head Iryna Herashchenko said that Ukraine was in the homestretch in terms of obtaining a visa-free regime.

She recalled that on April 20, the European Commission had submitted a legislative initiative to the European Parliament and the EU Council, seeking to amend the relevant Council regulation.

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According to her, the date of consideration of this issue by the EU Council depends on when it will be discussed in the European Parliament.

"That is why we offer addressing our colleagues in the European Parliament with a request to put this issue on this summer's agenda and not to wait until September," Herashchenko remarked.

She recalled that a corresponding petition had been signed by the leaders of all parliamentary factions but Opposition Bloc.

The politician said that such a decision should be taken in order to "rid the European side of temptation to tie granting Ukraine a visa-free regime to a procedure which is being discussed in Europe, concerning the adoption of a special protocol on the possibility of suspending a visa-free regime due to the migration crisis."

"These are two entirely separate issues," Herashchenko said.

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Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n391202