Posted on 16.07.2013 in EU and the Eastern Partnership, News, Ukraine

How does Ukraine Implement the Most Sensitive Reforms in the Context of EU-Ukraine Visa Liberalisation Action Plan?

On July 8, 2013 the Civic Initiative Europe without Barriers has organized the round-table discussion: How does Ukraine Implement the Most Sensitive Reforms in the Context of the EU-Ukraine Visa Liberalisation Action Plan? The event took place from 13.30 till 15.30 at the building of the information agency Ukrinform (Kyiv, 8/16 Khmetnytskoho str) with support of the European Programme of the International Renaissance Foundation.

A two and half year implementation period of the Action Plan for visa liberalization granted to Ukraine by the EU on November 11, 2010, appeared to be an effective tool to mobilize Ukraine’s efforts to foster internal reforms bringing Ukraine closer to EU standards in such spheres as public security, countering trafficking in human beings and organized crime, migration and border management.

At the same time the first phase of VLAP’s implementation revealed the lack of political will and halfway policy of Ukraine’s leadership in implementing reforms on countering corruption, discrimination and in the sphere of security documents. During the round–table discussion the outcomes of the research prepared by International Visa-Free Coalition – Visa Liberalisation Index of the EaP countries was presented in Ukraine for the first time.

Following issues were discussed:

Visa Liberalisation Action Plan: reforms at a critical edge. 

– How the Visa Liberalisation Action Plan benchmarks are implemented by Ukraine? Independent monitoring findings;

– Identity documents reforms, including biometrics;

– Antidiscrimination policy in the frame of VLAP and beyond it;

– Institutional aspects of fighting corruption: what type of anti-corruption agency does Ukraine lack?

– Visa Liberalisation Action Plan finalization: when will Ukraine transfers to the second phase?

– Progress of the EaP countries in fighting for visa-free regime: where Ukraine is today?

These issues shall be a focus of discussion for representatives of state agencies responsible for the VLAP’s implementation, parliamentarians, the EU’s diplomatic establishments’ representatives, independent experts, journalists, civic activists.



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