Ukraine continues visa-free talks with EU, hopes for positive result this year
Ukraine and the EU continue to work on the introduction of the visa-free regime for Ukrainians, spokesperson of Ukraine's Foreign Ministry Mariana Betsa has said.
"In its report dated December 18 the European Commission confirmed that Ukraine had implemented technical criteria for the introduction of the visa-free regime for short trips of Ukrainian citizens. At the same time, some homework in the framework of the visa-free dialogue with the EU was still to be done. Now, Ukraine is finishing the implementation of its commitments," Betsa told Interfax-Ukraine on Wednesday.
The diplomat said that Ukraine's foreign ministry expected the European Parliament and the EU Council to consider the visa-free regime for Ukraine in the nearest future on the basis of the country's progress in this respect. "We closely cooperate on this issue with the Dutch chairmanship and European partners," Betsa added.
She also said the date for the introduction of Ukraine's visa-free regime could be influenced by the referendum in the Netherlands on the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement.
"We hope that this year Ukrainian citizens will receive a possibility to travel to the EU countries without visas," Betsa said.