Limited happiness. EU may impose a visa regime for Kiev with some reservations

The European Commission will propose in April to introduce visa-free regime for Kiev, in spite of the results of the referendum in the Netherlands concerning the agreement on the EU-Ukraine Association, writes Reuters citing a senior source in the EU.

“It may look like ignoring the views of the citizens of the Netherlands, but we (the EU - ed.) Are required to comply with this Kiev promise,” - said the agency source, adding that the European Commission will include in its proposal a protective item that will temporarily restore visa barriers the case of an influx of migrants.

In March, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has promised to Peter Poroshenko, that the EC in April will make a legislative initiative on visa liberalization with Ukraine. The proposal must then be approved by the European Parliament and the EU Council, in which all member states to join.


In a consultative referendum in the Netherlands on an agreement on Ukraine’s association with the EU is only 38.1% of voters supported the ratification, 61.1% opposed. Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte later said that upset the results of people’s will, and did not rule out the possibility of reviewing a decision on ratification of the agreement.

Needless to vote was of advisory only and not binding. The final decision on Ukraine and the EU Association rests with the governments of the EU member states.

Ukraine, signed in June 2014 an association agreement with the European Union, said the desire to become a full member of the association of European countries. To do this, Europeans demand from Kiev to strengthen the fight against corruption, reforms at the border and bring identification documents to the European model in the form of biometric ID-card.

11 April 2016

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