MEPs a majority of votes (39 points, 4) supported granting Ukraine a visa-free regime with the EU. The voting took place in the framework of the parliamentary Committee on civil liberties, justice and home Affairs, but the decision still must be approved by the European Parliament as an institution, after which the matter was considered by the ad hoc working group on visa matters, the permanent representatives of the member countries of the European Commission and the EU Council. Expert “MK” does not exclude that all procedures can be completed within a year, however, notes that Europeans offer is not the same visa-free regime, which is expected by many Ukrainians.
Recall, back in mid-January, a senior European diplomats told the media that some EU countries are not ready for liberalization of visa regime with Ukraine because of the high level of corruption in the country-applicant. However, in the spring of EK still made a legislative initiative on a visa-free message with Ukraine.
“The solution is quite logical and progressively,” – commented on the “MK” news from Brussels the Director of the Ukrainian branch of Institute of CIS countries Denis Denisov. Noting that the parties had a long way to the current situation, the expert admits different outcome: as the adoption of a visa-free regime this year, and delaying the process.
– The rhetoric of Poroshenko since 2014 was based on the belief of citizens that just a month Ukraine will receive a visa cancellation. But, as we know, in two years nothing has changed. And based on the fact that among European States in relation to the introduction of a visa-free regime is completely ambiguous — it is doubtful that Ukraine simply so will get it.
According to Denisov, the current Ukrainian government uses the theme only in the PR-order is “the next dream, the slogan, messendzh to which I would like to go.” But in reality he is worth nothing, as recent sociological studies in Ukraine show that even if visa will cancel, in fact to take advantage of this preference can no more than 2-3% of the population. In this sense, Russia is much more advantageous performance.
In fact, the cancellation would have no impact on the ability of ordinary Ukrainians to travel to Europe. Moreover, we discuss the option does not imply labour migration, which is what many citizens of Ukraine, especially from the Western regions. Offered just a tourist mode, for that money the population of the country. By the way, that is why the Europeans and to endorse the regime, knowing that no serious threats they will bring.
The expert also sees no connection between the visa issue between the EU and Ukraine and an access regime on the border of Ukraine and Russia. Even if the Ukrainians will have free access to the West, is unlikely to become the message of our two countries. In any case, the authorities of the Russian Federation such moods, the expert is convinced.