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;
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
Ukraine’s 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,
the fifth assessment, Ukraine has reached a considerable progress in
implementing the established criteria of all four blocks of the Action Plan.
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
the results of the Ukraine’s 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).
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,
- 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
- Fight against human trafficking (September
21 -24, 2015);
- Countering discrimination (late September - early October 2015).