Opinion: the Abolition of visas with the EU is absolutely real

Мнение: Отмена виз с ЕС абсолютно реальна

The expert believes that the lifting of EU visas for Ukraine is absolutely real, may be introduced this year

Andrew Busarow, expert on international and legal Affairs, shared his opinion on visa-free regime with the EU.

The material is placed at No. 16 in the magazine Reporter on April 22, 2016.

The European Commission officially proposed to abolish visas for Ukrainians. I think that this perspective is absolutely real. Most likely, it will happen in the fall or early next year. But there are some pitfalls.

The first is internal. Our Parliament can close some the body to combat corruption, despite the fact that his work is one of the main conditions for the liberalization of the visa regime with the EU. The second is external – the situation within the EU, which could delay the introduction of visa-free regime is either to enter it, but with certain restrictions. We are talking about Turkey, which recently concluded with the EU an agreement on resolving the issue of migrants. If these agreements will have problems, it can strike at Ukraine.

We also need to consider the results of the referendum in the Netherlands, showing how configured to Ukraine Europeans. And although the will of the Dutch people not directly connected with the visa regime, their opinion can be taken into account during decision making.

As the opinions of other EU countries – Hungary, Slovakia, Cyprus, traditionally neutral to the problems of Ukraine and keep good relations with Russia. These States can ask for special conditions (for example, additional passport requirements for Ukrainians), although this is contrary to the regulations, which oversees the Schengen area. Indeed, the Schengen visa is valid either for all or for none. Therefore, the migration crisis and the referendum in the Netherlands will force the EU to find a middle ground to Ukraine and not to offend, and to consider the opinions of skeptics within the EU.

However, we also need to remember that a visa-free regime does not mean European integration. These are two separate aspects of foreign policy. There are a number of countries in the world who never wanted the EU, but have a visa-free regime.


This material is published in number 16 of the magazine Reporter on April 22, 2016. Reprinting of publications of magazine Correspondent in full is prohibited. With the rules of use magazine Reporter, published on the website Корреспондент.net can be found here.