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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

No passports, no money: why Ukraine has made bezveza with the European Union

On Wednesday in Strasbourg signed a decision to abolish the EU visa regime for tourists from Ukraine. In the presence of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, the document was countersigned by the head of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani and the presidency of the European Union, Prime Minister of Malta Joseph Muscat. However, “bezviz” will only take effect in 20 days, and use them not all the citizens of the Republic. “MC” understood in the terms of the agreement.

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Its doors to Ukrainian travellers in June will open 30 European countries including 22 EU member States (Austria, Belgium, Germany, Greece, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Finland, France, Czech Republic, Sweden and Estonia), 4 members of the EU outside Schengen area and the same number of countries (Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania), which is in Schengen but not the EU (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland). The only exceptions are the UK and Ireland, which maintain their own immigration policy, and also overseas territories of France and Holland.

However, this does not mean that now citizens will be able to travel freely in Western countries.. First of all, they are going to need a biometric passport, which so far we have only 3 million Ukrainians. A small number of lucky owners of ID due to the fact that Republican officials still were unable to organize the full operation of the offices issuing them throughout the country. In particular, as of may 15, in Zhytomyr, Mykolaiv, Sumy, Khmelnytskyi, Chernivtsi, Vinnytsia, Zaporizhia, Lutsk, Ternopil, Kherson, Cherkasy and Kryvyi Rih to obtain such a passport is simply nowhere. . While in Kiev, such centers of all three, in Odessa and Lviv — two, and in Kharkiv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Uzhhorod and Dnipro — one. The queue standing there like a war for bread.

But that’s not all. In addition to the new passport Ukrainians will also need money. For example, to spend one day in Denmark, you need to take at least 47 euros, in Estonia — 86 Euro, in Poland 71 euros, in Slovakia, 56 Euro, in Switzerland and Liechtenstein — 91 euros, while in Italy and Greece will have to take for 269 and 300 euros respectively for a period of 5 days. As you know, the average salary in Ukraine is around 230 euros. Therefore, the majority of the population can only afford a visit to Latvia, where a day costs about 14 euros, and Hungary, who asks to have at least a 3.2 euros per day.

It should be noted that the European borders have opened for Ukraine, not clearly. Visa-free regime given to residents of the Republic only for travel. If you find that they are in large numbers are using it to migrate, doors “free world” closes. The item was written at the suggestion of France and Germany 27 February 2017.

As soon as one of the EU States complain about the surge of illegal migration from Ukraine, the European Commission should take a month to analyze the situation. If the information is confirmed, a visa-free regime for Kiev will be closed for a period of 9 months. The allotted time should be spent on the way out of the impasse. Well, and if that fails, Poroshenko will have to apologise to countrymen for the torn down the European borders, from Lisbon to Kharkov, about which he said on the occasion of the introduction bizwise.


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