MEPs debate in favor of visa waiver for Ukraine

The European Parliament debate on the visa-free travel for Ukraine has ended. Tomorrow, the issue will be put to a vote.

Censor.NET reports citing 112 Ukraine.

During the debate, a majority of deputies spoke in favor of visa-free travel for the citizens of Ukraine, stressing that Ukraine has fulfilled all obligations.

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In particular, Germany's MEP Michael Galler said Ukraine has implemented not only technical but also political changes. He added the reforms were slow, noting, however, that the fighting in the east of the country should be taken into account.

Dutch lawmaker Beatrix von Storch paid attention to Poroshenko's assets and evidence of offshore companies published during the PanamaLeaks scandal. She stressed the level of corruption is still high in Ukraine.

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Poland's deputy Michal Boni spoke in favor of granting Ukraine a visa-free regime, explaining that Ukraine is changing for the better and carrying out reforms in a situation of war.

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According to Croatian parliamentarian Dubravka Šuica, Ukraine has fulfilled all criteria, and this is an obvious fact that visas should be abolished.

Vice President of the European Parliament Ryszard Czarnecki expressed his conviction that Ukraine will become a member of the EU.

Dutch representative Johannes van Baalen said his country's parliament should soon complete the process of ratifying the Ukraine-EU association deal. He also expressed confidence that tomorrow's decision on visa liberalization will be positive.

Ukraine is part of Europe, and that should not be forgotten, said Czech parliamentarian Jaromír Štětina.
Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n435113