Representatives of the Ukrainian CSOs and think tanks welcome the decision of the European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice, and Home Affairs to approve suspension mechanism for third countries’ visa liberalization. We hope that the final approval of this instrument will unblock and facilitate immediate adoption of the long-awaited decision on granting visa waiver to the citizens of Ukraine and Georgia. We call on the President of the European Parliament Mr. Martin Schulz, benefiting from the support of the European Parliament, to raise at the EU Summit the issue of urgent start of the trilogue on visa waiver to Ukraine as well as swift implementation of the visa liberalization regulation, currently delayed.
Ukraine has successfully fulfilled all the requirements of the Visa Liberalization Action Plan which has become an effective leverage for advocating Ukrainian reforms. The VLAP made it possible to achieve significant results in the fight against corruption (e.g. adoption of the legal framework and creation of a system of new anticorruption law enforcement institutions, as well as launch of mechanisms to prevent corruption, in particular, the system of electronic disclosure of assets and income of public officials), antidiscrimination, migration policy, readmission, etc.
Civil society organizations will continue to take active part in the advocacy and implementation of reforms by the time they reach the point of irreversibility.
At the same time, we also call on the European Union to continue to monitor the sustainability of the reforms implemented under the VLAP.
We are grateful to our European partners for your consistent and unfaltering support of the Ukrainian reforms and affirm that immediate granting of the visa waiver will strengthen the confidence of the Ukrainian citizens in the European Union and facilitate further effective advocacy and implementation of key systematic changes.
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Appeal of the civil society organizations of Ukraine to the European Parliament concerning visa liberalization – PDF