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MEPs vote visa-free for Ukraine

TOPSHOTS Pro-European protesters wave Ukrainian flags during a rally in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv on November 28, 2013. An EU summit to cap years of effort to bring ex-Soviet states into the Western fold opens with its ambitions dented on November 28 after Ukraine, the biggest prize, balked at the last moment under Russian pressure. Kiev's surprise decision to scrap a landmark political and trade accord with the European Union just days before has set off a war of words between East and West reminiscent of the Cold War and sparked some of the biggest protests in Ukraine in a decade. AFP PHOTO/YURIY DYACHYSHYNYURIY DYACHYSHYN/AFP/Getty Images ORG XMIT: -

Ukrainian citizens will be exempted from EU short-stay visa requirements, after Parliament endorsed an informal deal with the Council on Thursday.

Under the new law, Ukrainians who hold a biometric passport will be able to enter the EU without a visa for 90 days in any 180-day period, for tourism, to visit relatives or friends, or for business purposes, but not to work. The exemption applies to all EU countries, except Ireland and the UK, plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

“Ukraine has achieved all the benchmarks, so the visa requirement should be lifted”, noted rapporteur for the proposal Mariya Gabriel (EPP, BG), adding that the visa waiver will be “another very strong message that Ukraine is a key partner for the European Union in the Eastern Partnership”.

The legislation, approved by 521 votes to 75 with 36 abstentions, still needs to be formally adopted by the Council of Ministers. It is likely to enter into force in June, 20 days after it is published in the EU Official Journal.

Before exempting Ukrainians from visa requirements, the EU strengthened the visa waiver suspension mechanism, to allow visas to be reintroduced more easily in exceptional cases.

 

 

Procedure:  Ordinary legislative procedure, first reading agreement

REF. : 20170329IPR69065

Updated: (06-04-2017 – 12:36)

 

 

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