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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 106

Civil Liberties MEPs back deal with Council on Ukraine visa waiver

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 11 marzo 2017

ucrainaThe informal deal between Parliament and Council negotiators exempting Ukrainians of visa requirements to enter the EU received on Thursday the backing of the Civil Liberties Committee.The agreement was supported by 39 MEPs, 4 rejected it and 1 abstained. It will now be put to a vote in a next plenary. Afterwards, it will have to be formally adopted by the Council and signed into law. The visa exemption will enter into force 20 days after publication in the Official Journal.Once the visa waiver is in place, Ukrainian citizens who have a biometric passport will be able to travel to the EU for up to 90 days in any 180-day-period for business, tourist or family purposes.Before giving Ukrainians visa-free access to the EU, member states wanted to strengthen the visa waiver suspension mechanism to allow visas to be reintroduced more easily in exceptional cases. The review of this emergency tool has already been completed.The EU and Ukraine started visa liberalisation negotiations in 2008. At the end of 2015, the European Commission concluded that Ukraine had made the necessary progress and had met all the benchmarks. It presented the proposal to grant its citizens visa-free access to the EU in April 2016.
The visa waiver will apply to all EU member states, except Ireland and the United Kingdom.

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