Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry: EU has sent no official signals of visa-free travel revision

Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry: EU has sent no official signals of visa-free travel revision

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine does not currently see a threat of the European Union’s revision of the visa-free regime with Ukraine.

"Currently, Ukraine has a clear understanding and homework on the great European integration track. This is a package of reforms that we are working on every day, including the fight against corruption and the activities of independent anti-corruption bodies. Almost all government agencies are involved in this track," First Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Emine Dzheppar said in an interview with the Voice of America.

According to the deputy minister, currently there are no grounds for a possible revision of visa-free travel to the EU for Ukrainian citizens.

"There is a clear understanding of how to move and what is important and what needs to be done. And all these actions are coordinated at the highest level," Dzheppar assured.

According to her, the EU has invested much in both the economy and the rule of law system in Ukraine over the past six years, and Kyiv, in turn, always "listens to the opinion of international partners."

At the same time, the official noted that Ukraine had not received any official information from the European Union about a possible revision of the visa-free policy.

"Certain statements that may be made are still statements by political figures," Dzheppar added.

As reported, some MEPs highlighted possible risks that may arise due to the situation around the appointment of a new head of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office.

On September 17, the Verkhovna Rada approved representatives to the competition commission for the election of a head of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office.

The EU Delegation to Ukraine and the US Embassy in Ukraine stated that they had taken note of the Ukrainian Parliament’s decision on the competition commission and stated that further support would depend on its work.


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