22:34 13.09.2017

European Parliament proposes abolishment of roaming for Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova

The European Parliament has proposed to introduce the 'EaP+' model (Eastern Partnership) for Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova, including the annulment of roaming fee, the creation of a trust investment fund for Ukraine and the possibility of imposing new sanctions against Russia, Radio Liberty has reported.

These measures, proposed before the November EaP Summit, are outlined in a draft report with recommendations of the European Parliament to other European institutions studied by Radio Liberty. The European Parliament proposes to submit an attractive 'EaP+' model for these three associated countries. It would also include the introduction of unilateral tariff preferences for these countries or the development of high-capacity broadband, Radio Liberty said.

The 'EaP+' model could be proposed to other EaP members – Belarus, Armenia and Azerbaijan once they are ready for such enhanced commitments.

"Free roaming follows free visa regime! Europe is seriously planning to cancel roaming for three countries of the Eastern Partnership - Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova... In addition, they propose to make a trust fund for Ukraine consisting of European public and private investors to invest in infrastructure. If political screamers do not spoil everything, then the decision of the EP can be this year. At least on September 14 the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament will consider the document," the head of the Ukrainian delegation in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), MP from the Petro Poroshenko Bloc faction Volodymyr Ariev commented on the initiative of the European Parliament.

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