The President hopes for visa-free regime next year



2014/12/16 • Political News

President Petro Poroshenko said today he hopes to receive a clear date for the implementation of the visa-free regime between Ukraine and Schengen countries after the summit of the European Union Eastern Partnership program, which is set for May next year.

At a meeting with the high representative of the EU for foreign affairs and security Federica Mogerini in Kyiv, the President said they agreed to finalize all the procedures that are necessary for the visa-free regime before the summit.

Earlier today Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk, who just returned from Brussels, expressed hope that at this summit in Riga in May, Ukraine would receive a visa-free regime.

Also today the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia told Radio Liberty that the European Union could grant Ukraine and Georgia visa-free regimes to the Schengen area next year, at the EU Easter Partnership summit in May, which is to take place in Riga – Latvia will delegate the European Union for the next half-year.

Ukraine is currently behind in terms of some technical issues, he added.

Today Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linkevicius wrote on twitter that his country initiated an open letter to the EU leadership, signed by seven of his colleagues, with the call to speed up visa liberalization for the partner countries before the Eastern Partnership summit.

Yesterday at the first session of the newly formed Council for the Ukraine-EU Association in Brussels, both sides expressed their commitment to achieving the visa-free regime under the condition that all demands are met. According to the joint press release, the sides positively noted that Ukraine had met all the demands of the first phase of the action plan and is beginning to evaluate the demands of phase two.

Out of the Eastern Partnership members, Moldova has already been granted a visa-free regime, as it surpassed Ukraine, which had preceded before. Ukraine was left behind in during Viktor Yanukovich’s presidency, which under Russia’s pressure severely limited Ukraine’s EU integration. Former Prime Minister Mykola Azarov untruthfully claimed that the EU demanded that Ukraine legalize same-sex marriage to be granted visa-free traveling.

Translated by: Mariya Shcherbinina
Source: Radio Liberty

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  • Paul P. Valtos

    Bout time

  • Don Casavant

    Another campaign promise not kept! President Petro Poroshenko stated in his Presidential campaign that it would be Jan or Feb of 2015! I was wondering how he was going to accomplish that miracle, and now I have the answer…he can’t! President Poroshenko must learn to understate what he can accomplish and deliver more than he promises, I thought every politician knew that axiom!

    • W8post

      Isn’t this what ALL politicians do,
      to get the favours of the electorate?

      • LorCanada

        Politicians wouldn’t get very far if they only presented a negative view.

      • Don Casavant

        Populist are wining elections all over the world! It is a simple rues, tell them you will increase their pensions, and lower taxes. However, Poroshenko did not do that! He has not learned yet that you must always deliver more than you promise, it is just good business! Tell them you will fix their problem in two days and fix it in one day…they think your great!

        • W8post

          I think Poroshenko is on the right track; Rome neither Cologne were built on the same day..(but then, who am I to judge?)

    • LorCanada

      Just be glad it has been accomplished. President Poroshenko is not a perfect human being but he’s on the right track.

      • Don Casavant

        Believe me I am pro-Poroshenko! I was try to get the point across that he must promise less and deliver more!