Ukrainians to travel visa-free to the EU in mid-June: detailed calendar

A graffiti seen during the Euromaidan protests in Kyiv in winter of 2013-2014. Photo: segodnya.ua

A graffiti seen during the Euromaidan protests in Kyiv in winter of 2013-2014. Photo: segodnya.ua 

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The EU visa liberalization process for Ukrainians is moving forward: on 2 March 2017, EU ambassadors had endorsed visa liberalization for Ukrainians.

https://twitter.com/EU2017MT/status/837346360357765120

This comes after interinstitutional talks between the Council of the European Union, the European Commission and the European Parliament on EU visa liberalization for Ukraine have ended successfully in Brussels on 28 February, and after the European Commission adopted a proposal granting visa liberalization for Georgia on 27 February, the day when EU member states revised the visa waiver suspension mechanism to allow visas to be reintroduced more easily in exceptional cases.

The deal will now have to be endorsed by the EU Civil Liberties Committee and EU Parliament as a whole, before being formally approved by the EU Council of Ministers.

Yevropeiska Pravda got access to the EU’s detailed calendar plan for visa liberalization with Ukraine, which outlines that Ukrainians can expect visa-free travel to the EU for up to 90 days in an 180-day period starting from mid-June 2017. However, the plan also indicates that France has artificially delayed the Ukrainian decision till after the Presidential elections take place.

Visa-free travel: 7 steps away

According to Yevropeiska Pravda, the visa-liberalization process has to pass 7 more stages, each of which has its date (“tentative” means the specific dates for the events haven’t been published yet).

  1. The EU Civil Liberties Committee approves of visa liberalization for Ukraine – 9 March;
  2. The EU Parliament votes for visa liberalization on a plenary session – 5 April;
  3. Ambassadors of EU member states once again endorse the adopted decision and bring it to the agenda of the meeting of Ministers – 26 April;
  4. The decision is adopted by the qualified majority of the Council of EU Ministers – 11 May
  5. The EU President and representative of the country holding Presidency at the Council of the EU (Malta) signs the decision – 15 May (tentative);
  6. It is published in the EU’s Official Journal (this usually takes up to a week) – 22 May (tentative)
  7. 20 days later, Ukrainians can travel to the EU without a visa, provided they have a biometric passport – 11 June (tentative)

According to Yevropeiska Pravda’s sources, the decision on Ukraine’s visa-free travel lags behind Georgia on France’s initiative (Georgians can expect visa-free travel at the start of April 2017): Paris has decided that the abolition of visa-free travel for Ukraine could become a trump card for Marine Le Pen in the presidential election to be held on 23 April and 7 May (two rounds). The fact that Le Pen is now rapidly losing in popularity didn’t change the French position – no visa-free decisions on Ukraine prior to the election.

 

 

“Everyone is still scared of her chances to win, nobody wants to give her additional weapons,” one of the newspaper’s sources told.

Which is why the decision of the Council of EU Ministers is planned to take place 4 days after the second round of elections. Although the long April pause in between meetings is explained by the Easter holidays, other meetings will take place in that period, and the Ambassadors could have endorsed the decision on 12 April, giving the Ukrainians two additional visa-free weeks during the summer season. Although it’s not that crucial – what’s most important is that Ukraine’s visa-free journey, which started in 2008, is finally coming to its goal.

The visa waiver will apply to all EU member states except Ireland and the United Kingdom. It does not confer a right to work in the EU.

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  • Dagwood Bumstead

    Visa-free travel to the EU for Georgians and Ukrainians at last……… but NOT for Dwarfstanians!
    Shame it took so long, though- EU citizens have been able to visit the Ukraine visa-free since 2005. Still, better late than never.

    • Murf

      It’s a pain for the Ukrainians but if it keeps Le Pen out of office it will be well worth it.
      The woman is a paid Russian agent and is not even being shy about it.

      • Dagwood Bumstead

        Don’t forget Wilders and other pro-Dwarfstan ian political parties in the Netherlands, who have a parliamentary election on March 15th.

      • Andrew Chimilewsky’s Daddy!

        Are you obliged go to your local synagogue to pickup your troll paycheck or Mr. Soros do direct deposits for you and fellow “boom-bumstead” trolls?

        As you are fully aware, Moscow only welcomes those decisions and measures which benefit the reduction of tension and stimulate Kiev’s full implementation of the Minsk Agreements.

      • Andrew Chmil

        Speaking of “paid Russian agents” — It’s “Trump Days” — Julia (Yulia) davis is “on a roll” :)

        NASTY! Trump is “agitated” for sure!!! — HE BLEW IT!!!
        See my FB
        https://www.facebook.com/andrew.chmilewsky

  • veth

    Does this also applies for Ukrainians in temporal occupied Crimea and Donbass?

    • Vasyl P.

      I want to say if they have a Ukrainian passport they could, but I’m not sure myself. Either they recognize Crimea/Donbass citizens as a whole or there could be an extra thing needed to separate Crimea/Donbass from the rest, but I don’t think that’ll happen. Pretty sure it didn’t happen with the Georgia breakaways.

    • Dagwood Bumstead

      Many in the so-called LNR and DNR and the Crimea now have Dwarfstanian passports, whether voluntarily or forced on them. This automatically cancels their Ukrainian nationality, so no visa-free travel for them. But with the economy of both LNR/DNR and the Crimea a shambles, not to mention the dwarf’s oppression, I presume visa-free travel is the last thing on the minds of the LNR/DNR and Crimean population.

  • veth

    NABU operation to detain chief taxman Nasirov in Kyiv’s Feofania under way An operation by the National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) is under way in Feofania, outside Kyiv, to detain Chairman of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine Roman Nasirov as part of the so-called Onyshchenko case, according to MP Serhiy Leshchenko.

    Read more on UNIAN: https://www.unian.info/politics/1805501-nabu-operation-to-detain-chief-taxman-nasirov-in-kyivs-feofania-under-way.html

    • Alex George

      Nasirov is a big scalp.

      https://news.pn/en/criminal/178283

      Pray that the new Supreme Court is operational before he comes to trial. He claims to have had a heart attack, but he will probably run if he gets the chance. At least he is finished as a corrupt politician in Ukraine

      • veth

        A very big fish, corrupt as no-one………….at last. This 2 billion grivna is not the whole he stole, I geuss.

        • Dagwood Bumstead

          Probably the tip of the iceberg.

      • Dagwood Bumstead

        If Nasirov HAS had a heart attack, it may have been real. He may have (had) links to the dwarf or his cronies and could potentially possess information damaging to the dwarf, which would make him a prime target for the FSB and its heart-attack inducing drugs.
        See Vladimir Kara-Muza’s recent poisoning for instance, or figures who have knowledge of the dwarf’s involvement in the so-called LNR and DNR or Crimea takeover suddenly kicking the bucket.

        • Alex George

          That’s an interesting point

          I assumed he was just malingering to put off indictment, but perhaps the Kremlin wants to ensure he doesn’t talk. “Heart attack” is a grand old tradition there!

  • WisconsinUSA

    ukraine,as a citizen of the free world we welcome you with open arms.

  • Alex George

    The graffiti in the photo at the top is brilliant – Ukraine hanging on to her new beau sticks her tongue out at jealous ex-boyfriend russia, who is turning off the gas.

  • Andrew Chimilewsky’s Daddy!

    The Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, Sergey Ryabkov, has called on Kiev and Washington to “think thrice” before taking steps further escalating the situation in Donbass.

    • Alex George

      And nobody cares what he thinks. Russia is weak.

  • Vol Ya

    the people of Ukraine will be able to travel visa free to the EU. but the people of russia will be able to travel visa free to North Korea. that sounds fair.