EU will consider implementing visa free regime with Ukraine in the spring
The EU Foreign Ministers will consider opening a visa-free regime for Ukrainians in March or June. Olena Zerkal, the Ukrainian Minister for the European Foreign Affairs Council told TV Channel 5, that the process will depend on how quickly the necessary reforms can be implemented.
"It depends on how quickly we will be able to convince the EU Justice and Home Affairs Council that we have fulfilled all the requirements and are continuing to improve legislation,” she said.
Ukraine has developed an electronic declaration system, which was one of the conditions for the visa-free regime to be implemented. However, on January 4th, it was announced that the state budget was amended, postponing the implementation of the system for one year. In turn, the Ukrainian Government alleged they didn’t know about amendments made to the budget. The next day, a draft bill repealing the amendment was introduced.