Ukraine came one big step closer to meeting the requirements for a visa-free regime with European Union with parliament’s adoption of four laws on May 13, all meeting the 28-nation bloc’s list of demands.
With their passage, Ukraine has completed the first stage of preparing for the day when Ukrainians won’t need visas to travel throughout Europe.
“When the decision about the second stage will be made, it will mean that by the end of this year Ukraine will get a visa-free regime,” said interim President and parliament chairman Oleksandr Turchynov, speaking to the lawmakers in parliament on May 13.
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(Photo: Arseniy Yatsenyuk, on the left, and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso at a May 13 meeting in Brussels: EC Audiovisual Service)