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Ukraine-EU visa rules to be liberalized in 2016 - Gerashchenko

Ukraine-EU visa rules to be liberalized in 2016 - GerashchenkoVisa rules between Ukraine and the European Union will be liberalized this year, Ukrainian Parliament (Verkhovna Rada) First Deputy Speaker Iryna Gerashchenko said.

"Visa-free travel will be introduced this year, although several weeks or a month later than we expected. We are working on it together with our European friends," she said.

Gerashchenko also thanked the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs, which voted on Thursday in favor of recommending that the European Parliament lift visa requirements as soon as possible for Ukrainian citizens who make short trips to the Schengen zone.

"We are now expecting productive debate on Ukraine's visa-free case at the justice committee and then at the session hall," she said.

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It was reported that the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs had voted in favor of recommending that the European Parliament lift visa requirements as soon as possible for citizens of Ukraine, Georgia, and Kosovo who make short trips to the Schengen zone.

The committee's members decided that these countries had made significant progress in introducing criteria to qualify for visa-free travel.

The conclusions of the Committee on Foreign Affairs will subsequently be forwarded to the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, which will vote on lifting visa requirements for Ukraine, Georgia and Kosovo after the summer recess.
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