Summit EU-Ukraine: Visa Liberalization Progresses
KYIV, Ukraine, December 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ –
Both the EU and Ukraine leaders welcomed the progress in implementing the visa
liberalization Action Plan, as reported in the Joint Statement made by the parties of the
15th EU-Ukraine summit in Kyiv on December 19. The negotiations on simplification of the
visa facilitation procedure had been successfully finalized, according to Ukrainian
President Viktor Yanukovych.
The representatives of the EU and Ukraine reaffirmed their shared commitment towards
visa liberalization between Ukraine and the bloc of 27 countries. It was also noted in the
Joint Statement of the summit, that the visa free regime could be introduced after
creating the conditions provisioned by the Action Plan, specifically, providing well
managed and safe environment for people’s movement. As of today, the parties had already
amended the Agreement on visa facilitation as to further simplify issuing visas to
The European Union was eager to support Ukraine in implementing the Action Plan,
however, Ukraine had to fulfill all the respective requirements, according to the
President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso.
Implementation of the visa free regime was among Ukraine’s priorities, according to
Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovych. “Introduction of the visa free regime with the EU
remains our strategic goal. At this stage the key task is to ensure the implementation of
the visa liberalization Action Plan for Ukraine,” commented the President of Ukraine.
Broadening the human contacts and removing barriers to free communication was integral for
further rapprochement between Ukraine and the EU, he added.
Ukraine was granted the visa liberalization Action Plan at the previous Ukraine-EU
summit held on November 22, 2010. The Action Plan provisioned two main stages, namely,
legislative work and the following implementation of the legal provisions. At the recent
Eastern Partnership summit in Warsaw, the European Union agreed to abolish the “long-term
perspective” formula for liberalization of the visa regime for Ukrainian citizens.
Notably, Ukraine seeks concrete conditions that would stipulate cancellation of the visa
The advocacy of human dialogue promotion between Ukraine and the EU began in 2006 with
the inception of the visa liberalization dialogue. The Visa Liberalization Action Plan for
Ukraine toward the establishment of a visa-free regime for short-stay travel was adopted
in late 2010.
SOURCE Worldwide News Ukraine