Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Ukraine hopes to start visa dialogue with EU by late October

Ukraine hopes to start a dialogue with the European Union on a visa-free regime of trips by the end of October this year. Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Kostiantyn Yeliseev was speaking at a meeting with Ukrainian and foreign journalists in Brussels on Wednesday.

He said that the participants in the latest Ukraine-EU Summit in Paris on September 9 agreed to start a bilateral dialogue on visa issues aimed at the introduction of mutual visa-free trips for citizens from Ukraine and the European Union in the long term. "We hope very much that we will start this visa dialogue with the European Union on October 29. The Ukrainian side has made many efforts to put certain pressure on the European Union and start this process without a delay. We must prove that we can take important decisions and implement them," Yeliseev said.

He said that Ukraine is continuing to work with the European Commission to determine the format of a meeting, which is to be held on October 29.

Yeliseev said that the visa dialogue between Ukraine and the EU should result in the drafting of certain directives or a roadmap. These documents should contain preliminary conditions, which Ukraine should meet to introduce a visa-free regime with the Union.