Ukraine eyes visa-free regime with EU soon: PM

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Ukraine hopes to be granted a visa-free regime with the European Union (EU) as early this month, Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman has said.

“The adoption of the visa-free regime is very important for us and we hope that the European institutions will approve this decision in October,” Groysman said during a meeting with visiting European Council President Donald Tusk last week.

Ukraine sees no obstacle to lifting the visa requirements as it has already fulfilled all the conditions for the removal set by the EU, Groysman said.

The European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee approved a resolution to wave visa requirements for Ukrainian citizens, who have biometric passports last week.

To take effect, the visa-free travel with Ukraine would have to be endorsed by the entire European Parliament and the Council of the EU.

Under the visa exemption rules, Ukrainians would granted the right to travel to the Schengen area for business, tourism or family purposes, but would not be allowed to work in the EU.

Kiev and Brussels launched negotiations on visa liberalization in 2008.

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