Petro Poroshenko: Decision on the visa-free regime will be the first tangible result of our cooperation with the EU

Petro Poroshenko: Decision on the visa-free regime will be the first tangible result of our cooperation with the EU

President Petro Poroshenko expects the European Commission to announce the decision tomorrow on the introduction of the visa-free regime between Ukraine and the Schengen area.

"This is why I came to Brussels. To eliminate all the obstacles and announce that Ukraine has fulfilled the criteria of the Visa Liberalization Action Plan," the President said in the course of the press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

The President called this decision extremely important for Ukraine and Ukrainians that have been waiting for it for 7 years. "I was standing at the beginning of this process. I think all of us understand how important it is. It is the first tangible result of our cooperation with the EU and I hope that the European Commission will be ready to submit the legislative initiative on the abolishment of the visa regime with Ukraine in the first half of 2016," Petro Poroshenko said.

The Head of State emphasized that Ukraine would continue implementing systemic reforms in the sphere of justice, internal affairs and struggle against corruption, including the functioning of anti-corruption and asset recovery agencies.

"Our success on the track of reforms is the only guarantee of positive decision by the European Parliament on the introduction of the visa-free regime. We should understand that it is an important stage," the President noted.

The President informed that during his visit to Brussels he had conducted a series of meeting with leaders of the EU countries who had clearly stated that they would be guided by the conclusion of the European Commission in their decision.

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21 Dec 2015
President.gov.ua

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