In the course of the working trip to Odesa region, President Petro Poroshenko signed a Decree on additional measures aimed to ensure unhindered implementation by Ukrainian citizens of the right to visa-free travel to the European Union.
“Here, in Odesa, I will sign a Decree on additional measures aimed to ensure unhindered implementation by Ukrainian citizens of the right to visa-free travel to the European Union,” the Head of State informed in festivities on the occasion of opening Istanbul Park in Odesa.
“Having gained visa waiver with hard work, we must make its implementation for citizens as comfortable as possible. It goes about significant improvement of public services that accompany Ukrainians throughout the European route - from their hometown to the destination country in the EU. No matter at what point of this way Ukrainian citizen finds himself, it should be easy and comfortable for him to use all the benefits of the visa-free regime. And all services must be of the highest quality,” Petro Poroshenko emphasized.
He noted that two day ago in Lutsk, he held a meeting with diplomats, border guards, customs officers and heads of local administrations. “We analyzed, figuratively speaking, all the bottlenecks on our visa-free way to Europe. Following this meeting, I will sign a decree now, which clearly stipulates what must be done to prevent any obstacles on this way. I congratulate you on that,” the President said.
The Head of State emphasized that due to the visa-free regime, Ukrainians will not have to stand in queues to consular or visa centers anymore; will not have to pay visa fees and spend money for services of intermediaries; will not have to spend time and money on bureaucratic work aimed to collect unnecessary papers. “Ukrainian biometric passport is the only thing necessary,” he emphasized and reminded that 3.5 million Ukrainians have already received such passports.
The President added that according to the report by the Odesa RSA Head, demand to biometric passports has risen sharply in Odesa, as people are willing to see the benefits of Europe themselves.
“That is why we must do everything possible to provide low cost flights that will be measured by several tens of euros. Cheap transportation, cheap tours. And Ukrainians will be able to feel the achievements of the last three years,” Petro Poroshenko noted.