EU may finally cancel visas for Ukrainians in early autumn – European Commissioner

Johannes Hahn, EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, is certain the visa-free regime for Ukraine might be introduced in early autumn.

Hahn said that at his press conference in Kyiv, the Yevropeiska Pravda news outlet reports.

“I am sure we may make a final decision on visa liberalization in early autumn,” Hahn said. The official assured the Ukrainians their country is not out of agenda despite the other difficulties Europe currently has to encounter, that is mostly Brexit issue.

“Currently, the matter is under consideration of the European Parliament,” the Commissioner noted. “We hope that we can make the decision in October at the latest.”

On July 7, the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee voted the recommendation that Schengen travel visas for Ukrainian citizens must be abolished as soon as possible.

The European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) is a key unit for adopting visa-free travels. The Committee voting can take place on July 20.

The European Commission officially proposed visa liberalisation for Ukraine on April 20. Kyiv has complied with the requirements for visa-free travel for Ukrainians across Europe.


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