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 Schultz on visa waiver: EP ready to vote, all depends on ability of member states to negotiate

European Parliament President Martin Schulz says that abolishing visas for Ukraine depends on the ability of EU member states to agree on a suspension mechanism for third countries.

As reported by Censor.NET citing UNIAN, he said it to journalists in the run-up to the 18th EU-Ukraine summit in Brussels.

Schultz stressed that the European Parliament did its best to foster a positive decision, adding that both visa liberalization and suspension mechanism were voted in relevant committees.

Now everything depends on the EU Council, not the Parliament, he said.

When asked about the countries blocking the suspension mechanism decision, Schultz said they were France, Belgium, Germany, Italy and some other member states.

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It all depends on the ability of member states to reach an agreement, he added.

During the summit, Schultz is also going to raise the issue of ratification of the Ukraine-EU association deal, which was suspended after the Dutch referendum.

Earlier, EU ambassadors gave green light to the EU Council to start talks with the European Parliament on visa liberalization for Ukraine.

The Council believes that visa waiver will be possible as soon as a new suspension mechanism for third countries is elaborated. Only after this mechanism is approved, the European Parliament and the EU Council may abolish visas for Ukrainians.
 
 
 
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