Poroshenko, Juncker agree on next steps for implementation of EU visa-free regime for Ukrainians
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko held a telephone conversation with President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker on Friday, press secretary of the Ukrainian head of state Sviatoslav Tseholko has said.
"The president had a telephone conversation with European Commission President Juncker," he wrote on his Twitter account on Friday.
Later, the Ukrainian president's press service reported that during the conversation, the sides agreed on the next steps for the implementation of the EU visa-free regime for Ukrainians.
In particular, the two officials discussed the changes in the Ukrainian legislation related to electronic declaration and welcomed the compromise in the negotiations between Ukraine and the European Commission on these amendments.
"Juncker said he hoped for a positive decision of the Verkhovna Rada concerning the legal settlement of the matter of e-declaration in compliance with EU standards, which will be a significant step forward on the path of the implementation of anti-corruption policy and will enable Ukraine to integrate into the European Union in a few years," the press service said.
Poroshenko and Juncker agreed to meet on March 17 during the Ukrainian president's next visit to Brussels.
E-declaration law No. 3755 is one of the four laws that Ukraine should introduce for the visa-free regime with the EU.
The Ukrainian president on February 26, 2016, signed three of them, the fourth, the e-declaration law, is still a subject of consultations with the European Commission.
The Ukrainian parliament's next plenary week will start on March 15.