Contents tagged with visa-free regime

  • Herashchenko: Attempts to postpone visa-free regime is a double standard by Europe

    Any attempt to postpone the EU visa-free regime for Ukraine will be an example of double standards. This was posted by the First Deputy Chairman of the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada, Iryna Herashchenko, on her Facebook page.

    According to her, certain German and French officials have said that a visa-free regime is not yet relevant and that it is necessary to wait months for it to be so. She has said that these statements reminded her of events in 2008 when Germany and France blocked Ukraine from …

  • Latvian Minister of Internal Affairs: EU should not hesitate to allow visa-free travel for Ukrainians, Georgians

    The European Union should not delay the decision to cancel visa regimes for Georgia and Ukraine, as stated by the Minister of Internal Affairs of Latvia, Rihards Kozlovskis, Delfi reported.

    According to an Advisor to the Minister, Daiga Holma, at a meeting concerning the European Commission's proposal to abolish visa regimes for citizens of Ukraine, Georgia, Turkey and Kosovo, Kozlovskis supported abolishing visas for citizens of these states.

    He particularly singled out Georgia and Ukraine, …

  • Georgian President is confident that his country will join the EU

    Speaking before the opening of the concert dedicated to the Europe Day at the State Theater of Opera and Ballet in Tbilisi, President Giorgi Margvelashvili stated that Georgia is taking steps in the direction of European integration, and that the forthcoming elections will be held in accordance with European standards, RBC reported.

    “Georgia became independent 25 years ago but we are still taking steps in order to become free. We need to build our values to belong to European society. We need …

  • EU Commissioner: Ukraine, Georgia and perhaps Turkey will get a visa-free regime this year

    The Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, said that Ukraine has fulfilled all obligations required for visa-free entry into the European Union (EU).

    During an interview with Radio Liberty, Hahn noted that the implementation of legislation is an essential prerequisite for Ukraine in developing its relationship with the EU.

    “I am well aware of the challenges faced by Ukraine. Armed conflict continues, there are 1.5 million people displaced …

  • Media: European Parliament to vote in favor of visa-free regime for Ukraine and Georgia in September

    As reported by the Brussels correspondent for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Rikard Jozwiak, on his Twitter page, the European Parliament will likely vote in favor of the visa-free regime for Ukraine and Georgia in September. “Voting in the European Parliament may take place in July; however, it will be difficult. September is more likely,” the journalist noted.

    On April 20th, the European Commission announced the submission of a legislative proposal concerning visa liberalization for …

  • European Commission submits proposal for visa-free travel for Ukrainian citizens

    On April 20th, the official spokesperson for the European Commission, Margaritis Schinas, stated in Brussels that the European Commission (EC) officially proposed the cancellation of the visa requirements for Ukraine, TASS reported.

    “Today, the European Commission proposed a visa-free policy for Ukrainian citizens,” he said.

    This proposal, which was submitted despite the results of the referendum in the Netherlands, must be approved by the majority of the EU member states and the European …

  • Die Welt: The EU wants to limit visa-free regimes with Turkey and Ukraine

    The EU wants to adopt a special agreement on visa-free travel to Turkey, which could be cancelled in case Ankara fails to comply with agreements on refugees. Such rules might be applied to the agreements with Ukraine, Welt am Sonntag wrote.

    Scheduled for late July, the visa-free regime between the EU and Turkey will probably not have an unlimited nature. In the case of Ankara, unlike the current practice, the EU plans to conclude a special agreement on visa liberalization. This was requested …

  • European Commission to submit proposal on visa-free travel for Ukrainians in late April

    The official representative of the European Commission, Margaritis Shinas, stated that the EC confirmed its intention to propose the introduction of a visa-free regime with Ukraine to the European Parliament and the EU Council. “Last month, the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, announced that visa-free proposals will be filed this month,” the representative of the European Commission said.

    On the 17th of March, Juncker stated that the progress towards reforms and …

  • European Commission to present proposal for visa liberalization with Ukraine in April

    The European Commission (EC) will present a proposal for visa liberalization with Ukraine in April. This was reported by the chairman of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, after a meeting on Thursday,  March 17th in Brussels with the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko. The President of the European Commission said that both sides are interested in facilitating travel for their citizens. He noted that Kiev has opened the way for the liberalization of the visa regime by undertaking …

  • Ukrainian lawmakers approve draft on combating corruption

    Ukrainian lawmakers approved draft legislation aimed at combating corruption by imposing control over the assets of senior and junior level officials and their families.

    Under legislation passed on March 15th, these officials are required to file electronic asset declarations and will be held criminally responsible for inaccurate or misleading information.

    The data will be available on the web for monitoring purposes.

    The European Union is putting pressure on Ukraine to implement anti- …