European Commission advises Ukraine to better fight corruption to extend visa-free regime

European Commission advises Ukraine to better fight corruption to extend visa-free regime

10.07.2020 17:00

The European Commission has released a report on the fulfillment of conditions needed for visa liberalization between the EU and the Eastern Partnership countries and the Western Balkans.

The document, in general, praises the efforts of these countries, but, as a recommendation, advises Ukraine and other “visa-free” partners to strengthen the rule of law and the fight against corruption, according to a statement posted on the European Commission’s official website on Friday, July 10.

“High-level corruption remains an issue in all countries covered by this report. Moldova and Ukraine have notably suffered from high profile banking frauds, with little progress in the prosecution of those involved and in the recovery of the stolen assets.In Moldova, important actions have been undertaken, but these efforts need to be fully implemented and sustained. In Ukraine, it is important to safeguard and further strengthen the independence of anti-corruption institutions, including by guaranteeing non-political and merit-based appointment procedures for leadership positions. EU support will continue to be linked to concrete progress in the reform agenda and in particular in the fields of anti-corruption and justice,” the statement said.

According to the statement, data from this report relates to the 2019 calendar year and first half of 2020. The report follows up on the Commission’s obligation under the Strengthened Visa Suspension Mechanism, adopted in March 2017, to monitor the continuous fulfilment of visa liberalization requirements by third countries and to report to the European Parliament and the Council at least once a year.

“In an increasingly mobile world, the EU strives for fair and orderly mobility and in this respect visa-free travel with our Western Balkan and Eastern Partnership remains a major achievement. Visa-free travel, however, comes with responsibilities and continuous efforts are needed to curb irregular migration and fight corruption and organized crime. We count on our partners to sustain achievements in these fields to ensure we can maintain visa-free travel in our common interest,” European Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas said.

Visa-free travel for citizens of Montenegro, Serbia and North Macedonia has been in place since December 2009. For citizens of Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina, visa-free travel is possible since the end of 2010. For Moldova visa-free travel entered into force in April 2014, for Georgia in March 2017 and for Ukraine in June 2017.

(c)UKRINFORM 2020

7 comments

  • There you go, Zenny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • “…Ukraine have notably suffered from high profile banking frauds, with little progress in the prosecution of those involved and in the recovery of the stolen assets.
      Well, there are 24 cases against Poroshenko….oh wait….he wasn’t in the banking business. Who could they be referring to I wonder?…..Zenny’s boss?

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      • I suggest the EU investigate the likes of Deutsche Bank and all other EU banks, concerning vast amounts of laundered money from Muscovy. These parasites make Ukrainian corruption look like a kid stealing candy.

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  • I normally don’t comment on UA’s domestic affairs. There are already to many “insightful experts” who do that. But Zelensky is doing one bad thing after another. If he loses IMF, he’ll find that EU is going to step up their demands for future Macroeconomic Assistance and other measure.

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    • I probably contribute to the “too many insightful experts” category. ;))
      My 2-cents is that the IMF has been one of Ukraine’s better friends since the invasion. They’ve forced policy changes away from corruption and I agree with you that Zelensky can’t lose them. He’ll have to sacrifice Kolomoisky.

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  • onlyfactsplease

    I saw this coming. What has Zelensky done to fight corruption in the one-plus year in office?
    “The shift isn’t just in tone; it’s also in substance and personnel. Zelensky sacked his reform-minded prime minister, most of his cabinet, prosecutor general, and many other top officials in March and April, stunning everyone. The timing couldn’t have been worse. The global coronavirus pandemic reached Ukraine a few weeks later and may well devour up to 8.2 percent of its GDP. Zelensky has hired flunkeys with little experience and even old Yanukovych cronies. At the same time, he is supporting politically motivated charges against the former president, prosecutor general, former infrastructure minister, and heads of the tax and customs services.”
    https://nationalinterest.org/feature/five-reasons-why-zelensky-failing-ukraine-164181
    One year and the country is left without an IMF tranch for the first time. And this with a coronavirus damaged economy. I fear worse things to come in particular with him being in office for four veeeery looong more years. I do hope that the IMF decision has been the proverbial wakeup call for him … or it is the first sign of dark, ominous clouds on the horizon for the country and the fool just skips happily along in his swim trunks and rose-colored sunglasses.

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  • i figured this would be next.
    Maybe the threat of losing Visa free travel will be enough to get the people out in the streets.
    You can not change the elites and Oligarchs. They will fight ALL reformes just on shear stubbornness.
    Next the EU will look at trade allocations with the EU.
    Six years of progress may be down the drain. It is heartbreaking but the West can not sit back and support their back slide into Kleptocracy.
    Hopefully Ukrainian civil society will step up and make them selves heard.

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