17 May 2017

Poroshenko Hails ‘Historic Day’ As Visa-Free EU Travel Deal Is Signed


Poroshenko Hails 'Historic Day' As Visa-Free EU Travel Deal Is Signed
The Representatives of the European Parliament and the European Council have signed a document in Strasbourg formalizing a long-awaited visa-liberalization deal with Ukraine.

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The deal was signed by the president of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, and Malta’s Interior Minister Carmelo Abela. Malta currently holds the rotating presidency of the European Union.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who was present at the ceremony, said the signing of the agreement represents a landmark in Ukraine’s history.

“It is an absolutely historic day for Ukraine, for my 45 million nation, and I am absolutely confident that this is a historic day for the European Union,” Poroshenko said after the signing.

“Ukraine returns to the European family. Ukraine says a final farewell to the Soviet and Russian Empire,” he said.

Tajani said the visa liberalization was a “good message” to “very pro-European” Ukraine. “The new rules on visa liberalization are the beginning of a new era,” Tajani said.

EU member states gave their approval on May 11, and the visa-free regime is due to enter into force on June 11.

Read the full story: rferl.org

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