The head of the European Parliament promised to expedite the lifting of visas for Ukraine


President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz during a telephone conversation with President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko promised to facilitate the speedy granting of visa-free regime

“The legislative proposals of the European Commission for liberalization of the visa regime with Ukraine in the European Parliament will begin tomorrow. We will do everything possible for the speedy completion of this process”, — quotes Martin Schulz official website of the President of Ukraine.

In addition, Schultz congratulated Poroshenko and all Ukrainians on the successful homecoming of the pilots Hope Savchenko, who was convicted in Russia for 22 years of imprisonment.

Earlier, on 20 April the European Commission gave a positive assessment to the measures taken by the Ukrainian authorities in the implementation of the plan on liberalization of the visa regime and invited the European Council and the European Parliament to introduce Ukraine to the list of countries whose citizens can travel to the EU without visas.

As told by the then EU Commissioner for migration and citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos, in the case of the adoption of the document by the European Council and the European Parliament, the citizens of Ukraine at the first stage will be able to enter Schengen countries without a visa for up to 90 days if they have biometric passports. In the case of business trips, travel programs, or family matters, the term of visa-free travel to the European Union can be increased to 180 days.

While free entry does not give permission to citizens of Ukraine to get a job in the EU. They in any case have to obtain permission and to provide financial guarantees.

In December 2015, the European Commission noted Ukraine’s fulfillment of all requirements of the action plan of visa liberalization. It was the sixth report on this topic, it said that Ukraine “effectively and consistently implements recommendations on implementing the second phase of the action plan of visa liberalization”, the data in the previous, the fifth, report any new recommendations European officials are not nominated.