According to an unnamed source to Reuters, EU leaders, the European Commission plans to put forward a proposal to abolish the visa regime with Ukraine in April. The interlocutor of Agency has specified that this decision was made despite the results of the referendum in the Netherlands, the majority of voters which voted against Ukraine’s Association agreement with the EU.
Earlier in March the Chairman of the EC Jean Claude Juncker, during a joint press conference with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Brussels, said that the measures taken by Kyiv in the last time steps allow the European Commission in April to submit a proposal on visa liberalization between Ukraine and EU.
“It may seem that we ignore the Dutch voters, but we should keep their word given to Ukraine, which fulfilled the conditions,” the source told Reuters.
To the proposal from the European Commission entered into force, it must be approved by a majority of member countries of the EU and the European Parliament.
According to the source Reuters, the EC proposal will contain a form of the guarantee, which allows EU countries to temporarily restore visa in the event of a surge of migration.
In early April in the Netherlands hosted the first consultative referendum, in which majority of voters rejected the ratification of the Association agreement between Ukraine and the European Union. 61,1% of those in areas voted against the agreement on Association of Ukraine with the EU, and only 38.1 per cent supported the ratification of the document. The turnout in the referendum amounted to 32.2%, which allowed to recognize a vote held.
The head of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Pavlo Klimkin said that the results of the referendum in the Netherlands will not prevent Ukraine to get visa-free regime with EU countries. According to him, European politicians assured Kyiv that the results of the referendum will not affect the decision on visa-free regime.
“There are clear assurances that the visa regime is a completely separate path. And if the European Commission gives the go-ahead, and that the relevant decision within the European Commission already prepared that Ukraine has fulfilled all requirements towards visa — free travel: we are moving towards a visa-free regime”, — said Klimkin.