Merkel, Hollande confident EU to ratify Ukraine deal, complete visa lib

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande during their phone conversation on January 16 said they were sure that the process of ratification of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement and visa liberalization for Ukrainians would be completed shortly, the Poroshenko’s press service has told UNIAN.

“Poroshenko, Merkel and Hollande expressed confidence that the process of ratification of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement and the visa liberalization for the citizens of Ukraine would be completed soon,” the message reads.

As it was reported earlier, December 15, 2016 the European Parliament adopted proposals for a visa waiver suspension mechanism.

The move is yet to be approved by the EU Council. The decision on the date of the introduction of a visa-free regime with the EU for Ukrainians will be taken within the framework of inter-institutional negotiations between the European Commission, the EU Council, and the European Parliament.

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has cautiously noted that the visa liberalization process could be completed as early as spring 2017. He also recently claimed the European Union had no fear that visa liberalization for Ukrainians would result in large-scale migration flows.
Source: http://www.unian.info
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