On May 27, the European Commission adopted its fourth progress report on the implementation by Ukraine of the Visa Liberalisation Action Plan (VLAP). It concludes that Ukraine has put in place the necessary legislative, policy and institutional framework and meets the first-phase requirements of the visa dialogue. Thus, the European Commission recommended the transition to the second (Implementation) phase of the Action Plan.
The statement on Ukraine following the meeting of Heads of State or Government of the Member States on 27 May this year noted the further support for the strengthening of human contacts between Ukraine and the EU. In this context was stressed the importance of the report of the European Commission on Ukraine's transition to the second phase of the Action Plan, implementation of which should create conditions for visa-free regime for Ukrainian citizens.
Ukrainian welcomes this decision, which approaches a key goal of our dialogue with EU - free movement of citizens of Ukraine to the EU.
European Commission shares the confidence that Ukraine will be able to demonstrate commitment to the implementation of a set of measures related to ensuring the irreversibility of reforms in all areas, identified in the Action Plan.
The Ukrainian government is determined to continue the implementation of the Action Plan on visa liberalization, so that by the end of this year to achieve the implementation of the criteria stipulated by the second phase.
We appreciate the support of the European Union in the implementation of these reforms and look forward to further cooperation for visa-free regime to become a reality for our citizens already in the near future.