16:12 08.12.2016

EU leaders hope there will be no more impediments to cancelling visas for Ukrainians

EU leaders hope there will be no more impediments to cancelling visas for Ukrainians

The European Union leaders have welcomed the approval of the suspension mechanism for the visa-free regime and have expressed the hope for a speedy introduction of a visa-free regime for Ukraine and Georgia.

"Almost there. Visa suspension mechanism dispute over. Now the final stretch towards visa free travel for Ukraine and Georgia," President of the European Council Donald Tusk wrote on Twitter.

European Parliament President Martin Schulz also expressed his hope that there will be no further delays in the introduction of the visa-free regime for Ukrainians and Georgians. "EP ready since Sept to agree on short term visa free travel for Ukrainian & Georgian citizens. We expect no further delay from Council," he tweeted.

For his part, EU Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn noted that the EU should urgently cancel visas for Ukrainians and Georgians.

"#Visalib f. #Ukraine & #Georgia: welcome today's deal on #visa suspension mechanism w. @EUCouncil, backed by @EP_Justice w. majority… Happy that our tireless work pays off! #EU must now urgently grant well-deserved #visafree travel for #Ukrainian and #Georgian citizens!" he wrote on Twitter.

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