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European Parliament committee backs plan to waive visa requirements for Ukrainians

September 28, 2016

Plans to waive visa requirements for Ukrainian citizens entering the Schengen area were approved by the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee on Monday. Once the visa waiver is endorsed by the European Parliament and European Council, Ukrainians who have a biometric passport will be able to enter the EU area without a visa for 90 days in any 180-day period, for business, tourist or family purposes.


The resolution was approved by 38 votes to 4 with 1 abstention.


MEP Mariya Gabriel, who drafted the resolution, said the visa liberalisation dialogue had proved to be “an effective tool to promote difficult and far-reaching reforms”, particularly in the field of justice and internal affairs.


Waiving the visa obligation, she added, would represent a concrete achievement reflecting the aspirations and commitment shown by the Ukrainian people to peace, stability and a European and reformist direction for the country.


The current refusal rate for EU visas for Ukrainian citizens is below 2%, while the return rate of irregular migrants, under a bilateral readmission agreement signed in 2007, is over 80%.


The visa exemption does not provide for the right to work in the EU. Other entry conditions for accessing the Schengen area will continue to apply, including the need to prove sufficient financial means and the purpose of the journey. (EU Neighbourhood Info)


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DG Migration and Home Affairs - Visa liberalisation with Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia


EU Delegation - Ukraine


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