The European Parliament meeting in Strasbourg by a majority of votes approved the granting of visa-free regime for citizens of Ukraine and Georgia. If the decision is to approve the Council of the European Union, citizens of the two countries will be able to stay in the Schengen area up to 90 days within six months with a tourist or educational purposes.
For the abolition of visas for Kyiv and Tbilisi voted 485 members of the European Parliament, against and 132 abstentions — 29. Now the decision needs to formally approve the Council of the European Union. It is expected that this will happen before the end of December. However, in practice, the EU countries will open their doors for citizens of Ukraine and Georgia until the spring of 2017, said RIA Novosti.
In early December, European officials agreed on a mechanism to suspend visa-free regime in the case that in the territory of the EU countries will be a large number of Ukrainians and Georgians, refusing to return home. It is the absence of similar opportunities in Brussels explained the delay in the abolition of visas for citizens of Ukraine and Georgia.
Earlier, European Parliament President Martin Schulz said that the EU has still not provided Ukraine light duty for travel because of the position of such countries as France, Belgium, Hungary, Italy and Germany. For them and other members of the EU the issue of migration is very painful.