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 Junker: EU likely to introduce visa waiver with Ukraine by year end

President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker expressed confidence that the European Union would be able to grant visa-free travel for Ukrainians before the end of 2016.

As reported by Censor.NET citing Interfax-Ukraine, president of the European Commission said at a joint press conference with European Council President Donald Tusk and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

Juncker said he was confident that despite difficulties and differences existing between certain E.U. member countries and the European Parliament, visa-free regime may be granted to Ukraine before the end of the year.

According to him, the issue now rests with the European Parliament and the European Council in terms of agreeing on the mechanism of response to migration challenges in Europe.

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In turn, President Poroshenko said: "It was the position of the president of the European Council, the president of the European Commission and the president of the European Parliament that we have done everything [necessary to introduce visa waiver], and today inter-institutional negotiations [are underway] between the European Parliament and the European Council [on agreement by the European institutions of the mechanism of suspending visa-free regime with third countries]. I am very glad to hear the forecast of President Juncker that he is an optimist and believes that this [agreeing on the mechanism] will be concluded before the end of this year."
 
 
 
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