Ukraine and EU sign visa-free deal

On December 18, the EU is to publish a report on Ukraine’s implementation of Visa Liberalization Action Plans.

17 December 2015 13:00

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and top European Union officials reached a tentative deal on Wednesday on Kiev’s bid to win visa-free access to the bloc, reports the Wall Street Journal. All it takes now is for the document to be signed by Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

According to the EU officials, the EU will not start taking real legislative steps necessary for the abolishment of a visa regime, until after Kiev has honored the remaining commitments, including amending the law on setting up a national agency for return and management of illegally obtained assets and bolstering independence of a new anti-corruption prosecutor’s office.

It was reported earlier that Ukraine-EU mini-summit started in Brussels on December 16. Speaking about further liberalization of visa regime between Ukraine and the EU, Jean-Claude Juncker said that everything would depend on how successfully Ukraine implemented its commitments.