The meeting of the European Parliament Committee on civil liberties, justice and home Affairs has not raised any objections to the report on granting Ukraine visa-free regime.
All participants expressed support of the report, which was presented at the meeting of the Rapporteur Mariya Gabriel, UNIAN reports.
Amendments to the document can be made until September 15. It is expected that the Committee will vote for the report at the end of September.
In his speech, Gabriel said that at the time of preparation of the document it raised a number of questions that received a «satisfactory answers». While Gabriel expressed the belief that the liberalization of the visa regime will promote closer partnership between Ukraine and the EU.
«Ukraine — a key EU partner in the framework of «Eastern partnership»… We can only welcome the fact that the dialogue on visa-free regime) has been a useful tool for reform», — said the Deputy.
In the end, Gabriel asked the Committee to support the report».
Deputy Michal Boni , in his speech stressed that «we know that all requirements have been fulfilled.»
«We need to provide our amendment and to support Ukraine. It is also important for the community and to accelerate reforms, it also is a symbol of trust between the EU and Ukraine», — he said.
A similar position was made by two «shadow Rapporteur» («shadow rapporteurs» — representatives from each political group in the EP).
At the same time, representatives of the European Commission and the Slovak presidency in the EU, its position is not voiced.
In turn, Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Elena zerkal reported on the measures taken by the Ukrainian authorities pursuant to the criteria required for visa-free regime. She expressed hope that members will support the report.
As reported, » Doklad proposal to amend the rules of the European Parliament and of the Council No. 539/2001 the list of third countries whose citizens are exempt from the requirement to have a visa (Ukraine)» consists of two parts, a draft resolution of the European Parliament with a corresponding proposal, which will be later voted on in the Committee at the end of September and at the plenary session of the European Parliament and explanations.
The draft resolution proposes that the European Parliament adopted its position at first reading, adopting the Commission’s proposal to grant Ukraine visa-free regime.
At the same time, the draft proposes that the European Parliament called on the Commission to return this matter to Parliament if the proposals will be amended or will they be replaced with other text.
In the project EP also instructs the President to convey this position to the EU Council, the European Commission and national parliaments.
In the explanatory part, the Rapporteur Gabriel says that Ukraine «has reached the necessary progress and fulfilled all necessary criteria for making such decisions.»
In addition to the European Parliament, the proposal of the European Commission should consider the visa working group of the EU Council with the subsequent decision at the meeting of permanent representatives and the final adoption by the EU Council.
We will remind, on 20 April the European Commission invited the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union to cancel visas for Ukrainian citizens. This proposal is a consequence of the positive evaluation provided by the European Commission in December last year. In it, alia, confirmation of the fact that Ukraine has successfully fulfilled all the criteria in the framework of the action Plan on visa liberalization.
EP Rapporteur recommends to grant Ukraine visa-free regime 05.09.2016