Newsletter of the Visa-free Europe Coalition – summary of October 2015




“Unborder Your Way” – training in Lithuania

Visa-free Europe Coalition member, Belarusian-Lithuanian Belarus Watch, organized with the support of the Erasmus+ programme a training dedicated to mobility in Europe: migration, visas and public campaigning in this spheres. [29.10.2015]


Poroshenko gives a week to solve problems with laws on visa liberalisation

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko has given a week for the internal coordination of all outstanding issues related to the introduction of the visa-free regime between Ukraine and the European Union to be carried out. [28.10.2015]


Visa-free regime in Vladivostok in 2016

Russian Presidential Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District, Yuri Trutnev, said that Russia will allow eight-day visa-free stays in the Vladivostok Free Port starting from next year. A free port, established in July 2015, has the right to perform duty-free import and export of goods and is excluded from the state customs territory. [27.10.2015]


Latvia officially supports visa-free regime between Georgia and the EU

The European Affairs Committee and Foreign Affairs Committee of the Latvian Parliament reconfirmed the country’s “unwavering support” for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and praised Georgia’s progress in implementing its Visa Liberalisation Action Plan. [26.10.2015]


Klimkin on uncompleted demarcation of Ukraine-Russia border

“The unfinished demarcation of Ukraine’s border with Russia will not influence the introduction of visa-free travel with the European Union” - said Ukrainian Foreign Minister, Pavlo Klimkin. [22.10.2015]


Visa-free travel to Russia for tourists from Italy, Spain and Greece?

Russian tour operators are asking the Foreign Ministry to abandon entry visas for citizens of several European countries, saying that this could stimulate tourism and return the favour to nations known for hospitality toward Russians. [12.10.2015]


German embassy in Armenia continues issuing Schengen visas

Diplomatic mission has issued a respective statement: “Recently, Germany temporarily resumed border inspections on its border with Austria. (...) Nonetheless, this in no way means a suspension of the Schengen Agreement. The Embassy issues visas also for Belgium, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Austria and Sweden”. [07.10.2015]



Eastern Partnership Visa Liberalisation Index


Findings of the newest edition covering period of June-September 2015:

• Azerbaijan launched new project on Integrated Border Management.

• Belarus adopted law on fighting corruption.

• Georgia launched a nationwide information campaign on visa-free regime.

• Ukraine recruited staff of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau.

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