Contents tagged with visa-free regime

  • Media: The issue of visa-free travel for Ukraine is urgently added in the agenda of the meeting of the European Parliament's Committee

    On Thursday, March 9th, the Committee of the European Parliament on Civil Liberties, Justice, and Domestic Affairs will approve the draft legislative resolution on the inclusion of Ukraine in the list of countries for which citizens’ visa requirements are abolished. This issue was urgently added on to the agenda of the Committee meeting, Ukrinform reports.

    According to procedures, the EU legislative body will vote on the draft resolution on abolishing the visa regime for Ukraine during a …

  • EU member states will begin deliberations in two days on an interim agreement on visa-free travel for Ukraine

    As a result of the consultations of the EU member states, representatives of the European Parliament and the European Commission, an agreement was reached on the launch of visa liberalization for Ukraine's citizens. The update was provided by the Maltese EU Presidency, a representative of which participated in the meeting, according to Evropeiska Pravda.

    "The representatives of the Maltese Presidency and the European Parliament reached an interim agreement on visa liberalization for Ukrainians, …

  • Belarus introduced visa-free entry for 80 countries

    The press service of the President of Belarus reports that a five-day, visa-free policy has entered into force. The citizens of 80 countries, including the U.S. and the EU will have the right to free entry but on the condition that they arrive via Minsk National Airport.

    The decree was signed by President Alexander Lukashenko on January 9 and took effect on February 12.

    Among the countries mentioned in the decree there are 39 European countries, including the entire European Union, as well as …

  • Ukraine accused France of delaying visa-free regime

    The Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration, Kostiantyn Yelisieiev, stated in an interview with Obozrevatel that the implementation of a visa-free policy for Ukrainian citizens has been delayed by France.

    “The delay has occurred due to the position of individual member countries that are having difficulties crossing the psychological boundary regarding visa liberalization with one of the largest countries in Europe. And I would like to mention France. This [the visa-free regime] has to …

  • Former NATO Secretary General called the EU's position on the abolition of visas for Ukraine 'betrayal'

    Former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen called the EU's position towards Kyiv on the issue of visa-free entry for citizens of Ukraine a "betrayal". Rasmussen, who is now an advisor to the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, believes that Kyiv complies with "all the necessary criteria to facilitate the easing of the visa regime." Meanwhile, as Reuters quoted on December 6th, according to Rasmussen, Poroshenko, and his associates are publicly "trying to retain optimism".

    At the …

  • Slovakia is confident that the Netherlands will not block Ukraine's association with the EU

    The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia, who presides in the European Union, Miroslav Lajčák, expressed confidence that the Netherlands will not block the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. He made this statement during the hearings of the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs, Radio Svoboda reports.

    "We should respect the results of the referendum. But I’m sure that the Dutch government will find a solution that while respecting the referendum results at the same time will not …

  • Herashchenko: Brexit will have a negative impact on Ukraine

    According to the First Deputy Chairman of the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada, Irina Herashchenko, the UK’s decision to leave the EU will have a negative impact on Ukraine, Evropeyskaya Pravda reported.

    Herashechenko wrote on her Facebook page that the results on the UK’s national referendum, in which 52% voted to leave the European Union, will delay the introduction of a visa-free regime between Ukraine and the EU.

    "The consequences of the British referendum will have a negative impact on Ukraine. …

  • Finland is ready to support visa-free travel for Ukrainians and Georgians to the EU

    Finland is ready to support visa-free travel for Ukrainian and Georgian citizens to the EU, but is not prepared to do the same for citizens of Turkey and Kosovo, according to the Finnish Secretary of State, Olli-Pekka Heinonen, Yle reported.

    As stated by Heinonen, Turkey and Kosovo have not fulfilled the conditions necessary to receive a visa-free regime with the EU.

    "The issue of visa-free regime for Turkey remains open," the Finnish Secretary of State said following a meeting of EU …

  • EU Council has not come to an agreement on visa-free regimes for Georgia, Ukraine, Kosovo and Turkey

    During a meeting of the EU Justice and Home Affairs Council on Friday in Luxembourg, Ministers of the EU countries were not able to reach an agreement on the liberalization of the visa regime for Georgia, Ukraine, Kosovo and Turkey, Interfax-Ukraine reported.

    "We’ve talked about the liberalization of visa policies, noting the progress made by all countries, including Turkey. But we have not made a decision yet, because some EU countries still see a number of problems and are not able to agree. …

  • Estonian Prime Minister: Ukraine and Georgia should get visa-free regime as soon as possible

    Ukraine and Georgia have fulfilled all of the requirements to liberalize their visa regime with EU countries. They should now be allowed a visa-free regime without any additional conditions, as stated by Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas at a meeting with the Prime Minister of Latvia, Māris Kučinskis.

    “Georgia and Ukraine have met the established criteria and should therefore receive a visa-free regime as soon as possible. The credibility of, and trust to, the EU are at stake,” Rõivas said. …