EU TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS WILL BE EASED FOR UKRAINIANS AND MOLDOVANS

18.04.13


European Parliament.  Travel to the EU is set to become easier for people from Ukraine and Moldova after MEPs approved plans for visa exemptions for holders of biometric service passports and a simplification of requirements demonstrating the purpose of their journey. EU citizens are already exempt from visa requirements when travelling to these countries. We talked to Claude Moraes and Marian Jean Marinescu, the two MEPs in charge, about why they support these amendments to the existing visa facilitation agreements.

Visa exemptions

The new rules include an exemption from visa requirements for short stays for people from Ukraine and Moldova who hold biometric service passports.

Simplified procedures

The amendments also aim to simplify  the requirements for documents demonstrating the purpose of the journey for representatives of civil society organisations, journalists and participants in international events. It also clarifies the provisions on the duration of multiple entry visas.

Ukraine

Claude Moraes, a British member of the S&D group, is responsible for steering the changes to the Ukraine agreement through Parliament and supports making travelling easier for their citizens. "It assures the people of Ukraine that despite current difficulties in the overall EU-Ukraine relations, we are committed to strengthening the people to people contacts between the citizens of the EU and Ukraine," he said. Mr Moraes stressed however that before further liberalisation can take place, he wants to see the country making progress on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community as well as on the rule of law and democracy.

The new rules also abolish a €70 visa fee for some applicants.



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