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EU establishes visa-free regime with Ukraine

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe visa-free regime between the European Union and Ukraine has come into force. This regime allows Ukrainian citizens with biometric passports to travel to EU member states, except for Ireland and the UK.

Starting from Sunday, 11 June, Ukrainian citizens will be able to stay freely in the European Union for 90 days in any 180-day period if their travel goal is spending a vacation, visiting friends of family, business or participation in study programmes. The visa-free regime does not provide labour opportunities in any EU member state, however.

In celebration of this long-awaited moment, the first train carrying a delegation of Ukrainian public activists, journalists and cultural activists departed from Kyiv to Przemyśl in Poland on Sunday.

As noted by Ukrainian Vice-Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Affairs Ivanna Klimpusa-Cincadze, the delegation will test the new regime by crossing the border, which «will no longer be an obstacle, rather a border and nothing more».

«Since tonight we can finally look and see what Europe is, learn from new experiences there and carry that experience home. I am confident provision of a visa-free regime serves as recognition of our reforms,» she said.

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