Leshchenko: the EU believes that Ukraine has not fulfilled all of the obligations on the abolition of visas

The EU believes that Ukraine has fulfilled all legal obligations within the framework of the transition to the abolition of visas. The people’s Deputy from «BPP» Serhiy Leshchenko said on the page in Facebook after meeting in Brussels with senior representatives of the diplomatic Department of the EU.

«If accurate, then Ukraine has fulfilled three of the five requirements for the transition to the adoption of the relevant decision. The EU regards the adoption of amendments to three laws last week, but 1) the EU does not count, the law on Declaration, according to which criminal liability is introduced only in 2017; 2) the EU is waiting for the formation of the National Agency for preventing corruption», — stated in the message.

Leshchenko noted that if Ukraine wants to abolish visas in the summer of 2016, she in the coming weeks to improve the law on Declaration by returning criminal liability for false information in the Declaration this year and also elected three members of the NACP.

«The problem is that in one package with Ukraine on the abolition of visas is Georgia, which already for many months and has fulfilled all the requirements of the EU and expects similar steps for Ukraine»,- said the MP.

Leshchenko stressed that the gap of the Ukrainian-Georgian package the risk that Ukraine may enter the package to Turkey, and this will slow down the process of abolition of visas for many months.


18 December 2015, the European Commission published the final report on the implementation by Ukraine of the action Plan on visa liberalization with the EU.

In the report the EC States that Ukraine has fulfilled all the conditions to recommend to include it in the list of countries with which the EU has a visa-free regime.

The report will be forwarded to the EU Council and the European Parliament, and on the basis of this document they should approve the decision on visa liberalization with Ukraine.

The Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin believes that a visa-free regime with the EU will take effect in 5-7 months.

The Deputy foreign Minister on European integration Elena serkal said that the EU Council will consider the abolition of visas for Ukraine in March or June of 2016.

In addition to the EU, Ukrainians will also have the opportunity to travel without visas in 57 countries.

Note that member countries of the EU can temporarily block the visa-free regime with Ukraine in case of default of obligations in respect of the fight against corruption, migration policy, and security issues.

The dialogue between the EU and Ukraine on visa liberalisation started in 2008, and in 2010 the EU offered Ukraine an action Plan on visa liberalization.

Leshchenko: the EU believes that Ukraine has not fulfilled all of the obligations on the abolition of visas 25.02.2016

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