Ukraine, European Union Conclude Agreement On Action Plan For Abolishing Visa Requirements For Ukrainians

euUkraine and the European Union have concluded an action plan for Ukraine for abolishing visa requirements for Ukrainian citizens willing to make short-term trips to member states of the European Union.

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso announced this to the press following the 14th Ukraine — European Union summit in Brussels (Belgium).

“Today we have adjusted the ambitious plans of reforms Ukraine needs to carry out for abolishing visas,” he said.

European Commission President Barroso said the action plan contains no limitation in time. The date when the visa requirements for Ukrainian citizens will be abolished depends only on Ukraine’s achievements in the implementation of the plan, he said.

Speaking at a news briefing in Kyiv on November 25, Vasyl Fylypchuk, director of the department for the European Union of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, announced that the action plan implementation consists of two stages.

During the first stage Ukraine shall create legislative conditions for introduction of biometrical foreign passports and begin to issue the passports provided with proper protection of personal data of citizens. Ukraine shall also create an independent body for protection of the personal data.

Also, Ukraine is required to endorse an action plan on realization of a concept of integrated state border management. The concept was adopted by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on October 27, 2010. Ukraine shall also adopt an action plan on implementation of a concept of fight against drug trafficking. The Cabinet of Ministers endorsed the concept on September 13, 2010. Ukraine shall ratify the second additional protocol to the European concept on mutual legal assistance in criminal cases.

During the first stage Ukraine is also required to endorse a concept of the state migration policy, the law on fight against human trafficking, and the state program for fighting human trafficking.

Also, the country shall sign an agreement with the Europol on operational cooperation and an agreement with the Eurojust (Eurojust is an EU body with a view to reinforcing the fight against serious organized crime) on cooperation.

During the stage of the action plan implementation Ukraine shall provide realization of the said legislative and program documents.

As Ukrainian News earlier reported, on November 18 Jose Manuel Pinto Teixeira, Head of the European Union’s Delegation to Ukraine, said the European Union expects Ukraine to focus on execution of the action plan for introduction of visa-free regime with countries of the European Union.

On November 3, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych voiced confidence that Ukraine is capable of implementing the action plan soon.

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