1 07-07-2016
Positive opinion of the EP’s Foreign Affairs Committee on visa- free regime for Ukraine

Today the Foreign Affairs committee (AFET) of the European Parliament (EP), during its extraordinary meeting in Strasbourg, has adopted opinion on visa liberalisation for Ukraine written by Mr Jacek Saryusz-Wolski, MEP, standing rapporteur of the EP on Ukraine. 

'In the document, I call for granting visa-free regime to Ukraine as soon as possible and without any further delay' - said Mr Saryusz-Wolski. 'Ukraine has made great progress on its European path since the EuroMaidan protests two years ago. Ukrainian nation fought for its European choice and European democratic values. Ukraine has unquestionably and successfully met all benchmarks required to be granted visa-free regime' - he continued. 

Mr Saryusz-Wolski underlined the importance of continuing reforms by Ukraine: 'The implementation of reforms cannot be stopped here: the work must continue, especially in the areas of anti-corruption and rule of law legislation. A European monitoring mechanism should enable monitoring of continuous implementation of those reforms.' 

Adoption of the opinion by the AFET committee is an important step on the road to visa-free regime for the citizens of Ukraine. It means further work on visa-free regime for Ukraine will continue and the Parliament will take the final vote in the autumn.

Video by MEP Jacek Saryusz-Wolski

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