15:21 04.05.2016

Ukraine, Georgia, Kosovo may get visa-free regime with EU in 2016

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Ukraine, Georgia, Kosovo may get visa-free regime with EU in 2016

European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Johannes Hahn has said Ukraine, Georgia and Kosovo may qualify for the visa-free regime with the EU in 2016.

There still needs to be a political decision, but Ukraine, Georgia and Kosovo have already met the necessary criteria, Hahn told Radio Liberty Europe/Radio Liberty..

The commissioner said that Ukraine has fulfilled its obligations, which gives its citizens the right to the visa-free entry into the European Union, however Ukraine still has a long way to go, not only to adopt the necessary legislation on the association with the EU, but also to implement it.

Hahn said he was well aware of the challenges which Ukraine is facing – the continued armed conflict, half a million displaced persons and serious economic problems.

On April 20, the European Commission offered the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union to cancel visas for Ukrainian citizens.

The same day, Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko said he was sure that European Union would grant free visa regime for Ukrainians already within several months.

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