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Ostap Semerak: Ukraine hopes for the abolition of visas during Latvia's Presidency of the EU Council
21.11.2014 | 16:17
Press Service of the Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers

Ukraine hopes that the EU will make a final decision on the abolition of visas for Ukrainian citizens during the Latvia’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2015. Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers Ostap Semerak stated that at an official meeting with Foreign Minister of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs in Riga today, on November 21, at the first anniversary of the Revolution of Dignity in Ukraine.

"A visa-free regime is what the EU can reward Ukrainian citizens for their commitment to the common European values. Freedom of movement is one of these values. I am convinced that by the time will be finally completed all items of the second phase of liberalization and visa will be canceled," the Ukrainian government official said.

"Ukraine counts on active support from Latvia during its presidency of the Council of the EU in the first half of 2015," the Minister added.

Ostap Semerak has informed the Latvian side that Ukraine continues to work actively with the criteria of the second phase of the Visa Liberalization Action Plan.

The Ukrainian Minister has thanked Latvia for its support in various areas that Latvia gives Ukraine today. In particular, treatment and rehabilitation of Ukrainians who suffered during the war, and for providing humanitarian aid to Ukraine.

Moreover, the parties agreed that Latvia would provide Ukraine with the implementation of reforms. "We want to adopt Latvia’s historical experience on our way towards EU standards", Ostap Semerak emphasized.


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