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Ukraine's Visa-Free Regime With EU 'Still On Track' — MFA
8 March, 2016

What You Need To Know:

✓ Ukraine is “still on track” for a visa-liberalized regime;

✓ Ukraine must adopt a law on electronic taxation and launch a National Agency on preventing corruption to move forward;

✓ There is a “very good chance to complete this work in the upcoming weeks and report respectively to the EU;”

✓ “Ukraine has invested a lot of efforts into ensuring that our western borders are secured, properly managed… control mechanisms are in place to ensure that only people who meet the necessary standards can cross the border without a visa.”

Despite EU officially slowing down the process in March 2016, Ukraine is “still on track” for a visa-liberalized regime, assures Dmytro Kuleba, Ukrainian Ambassador at Large from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His statement comes after the EU's decision to assess Ukraine and Georgia separately in their applications.

The adoption of law on electronic taxation as well as the launch of a National Agency on preventing corruption are the most important tasks to be finalized by Ukraine to move forward with visa-liberalization, says Kuleba. There is a “very good chance to complete this work in the upcoming weeks and report respectively to the EU,” he adds.

On March 15th, when the Ukrainian Parliament resumes its sessions, a vote on the first draft of the Electronic Declarations Law will take place. Work is also well underway to launch the National Agency, according to Kuleba.

When asked if the war in Ukraine and the risk of growing number of war-displaced people and refugees pose a threat in obtaining a visa-free regime, Kuleba assures that the volume of work done by the country despite political obstacles will not interfere in the process: “Ukraine has invested a lot of efforts into ensuring that our western borders are secured, properly managed… control mechanisms are in place to ensure that only people who meet the necessary standards can cross the border without a visa.”

Hromadske’s Nataliya Gumenyuk and Josh Kovensky of Kyiv Post spoke to Dmytro Kuleba, Ukrainian Ambassador at Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, live during the Sunday Show broadcast on March 6th, 2016 in Kyiv.