12:00 03.04.2014

EC soon to announce Ukraine's readiness to switch to second stage of visa liberalization plan - Fule

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European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fule has said that the European Commission will soon inform EU member states of Ukraine's readiness to switch to the second stage of the implementation of the action plan on visa liberalization.

He said in Brussels on Wednesday at a press conference held after a meeting with Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Utilities Volodymyr Hroisman and President of the Committee of the Regions Ramon Luis Valcarcel Siso that last week, in the presence of a European Commission mission in Kyiv, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk signed some important legislative acts that resolved the remaining problems in the implementation of the first stage of the action plan.

He said that the European Commission would very soon advise EU member states that it is moving from the first to the second stage of the action plan. He said he hoped that the Ukrainian authorities would not miss the existing opportunity to implement the second stage in a short period of time. Fule said that the ball was in Ukraine's court, and that the European Commission would provide full support so that Ukrainian citizens could visit the Schengen zone without visas.

He noted that the first stage of the action plan was the adoption of the necessary legislation and that the second was its implementation.

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