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Action Plan on Visa Liberalisation for Ukraine
12.08.2015 | 12:15

The main purpose of the EU Visa liberalization regime for Ukraine is to provide the Ukrainian citizens with possibility to conduct short-term (90-day) trips to the EU member states which are parts of the Schengen Agreement. Thus, the European Union launched a dialogue on the liberalization of the EU visa regime for Ukrainian citizens at the EU Ukraine Summit held in Paris in September 2008.

 

Two years later, at the EU - Ukraine Summit held in Brussels in November 2010 , Ukraine was provided with Action Plan on Liberalization of the EU visa regime for Ukrainian citizens (hereinafter - Action Plan). Implementation of the Action Plan should be conducted in two phases:

 

First phase the adoption of the regulatory framework, conceptual and policy documents in the specific areas;

 

Second phase- Implementation of legislative and policy documents, convergence of national practices and European standards.

 

The Action Plan consists of four main blocks which Ukraine has to implement. These blocks are the following: 
 
Block 1: Document security, including biometrics
Block 2: Illegal immigration, including readmission
Block 3: Public order and security
Block 4: External relations and fundamental rights

 

In order to ensure effective implementation of the Action Plan, the Government of Ukraine adopted the Resolution on creation of Coordination Centre and approved the National Action Plan on Visa Liberalization in April of 2011.

In August of 2014, the Government approved the National Action Plan on Visa Liberalization focused on coordination of the activities related to the implementation of second phase of the Action Plan.

 

The European Commission as well as the European External Action Service and the experts of the EU Member States carry out monitoring and evaluation of Ukraines progress in implementing the Action Plan on an annual basis. Up to date, there have been five progress reports (the last one published on May 8, 2015).

 

According to the fifth assessment, Ukraine has reached a considerable progress in implementing the established criteria of all four blocks of the Action Plan.

 

Ukrainian authorities continue an active dialogue with the EU colleagues to complete the Action Plan. Thus, between 9 and 19 of June, both parts held consultations on the recommendations of the fifth assessment provided by the European Commission.

 

Furthermore, the results of the Ukraines implementation of the Action Plan were discussed during the meeting of the Senior Officials of visa dialogue (July 15, 2015 Brussels) and during the first meeting of the Subcommittee on Justice, Freedom and Security of the EU Ukraine Association Committee (July 23-24, 2015, Kyiv).

The next evaluation mission is scheduled for September- October 2015 and will conduct the assessment in the following areas:


- Fight against corruption, border management (August 31- September 4, 2015);
- Document security (September 2-4, 2015);
- Fight against organized crime, drug trafficking and cooperation between law enforcement agencies (September 7-11, 2015);
- Combating money laundering and terrorist financing (September 28 - October 2, 2015);
- Migration and asylum (September 21 -25, 2015);
- Fight against human trafficking (September 21 -24, 2015);
- Countering discrimination (late September - early October 2015).

 

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