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February 28, 2021

EU-Ukraine summit adopts action plan on visa scrapping

The European Union gave Ukraine an Action Plan on visa-free travel during the Ukraine-EU Summit in Brussels on Monday, kyivpost.com reported. The summary on the results of the summit reads that the leaders approved the Action Plan on the liberalization of the visa regime for Ukraine. “The Action Plan defines all technical conditions that should be fulfilled by Ukraine for progress in the implementation of the visa-free regime as a long-term perspective for short-term traveling abroad by Ukrainian citizens,” reads the statement. According to the statement, the implementation of the plan “will start at once and will be systematically monitored by both sides.”

Among other issues on the agenda of the summit were energy, modernization of Ukraine’s gas pipeline network, preparation for signing an association agreement that includes an agreement on a free trade zone that has not been finalized yet. After the meeting in Brussels Russian and Ukrainian energy ministers will meet with European Commissioner for Ener­gy Guenther Oettinger to discuss modernization of Ukraine’s pipe­line network, stable gas exports and gas demand, Itar-Tass said. Within the summit’s framework Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovich will hold talks in the Castle of Val-Duchesse to the north of Brussels with EU President Herman van Rompuy, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton.


Meanwhile, business people from all over Ukraine began a protest action at the Independence Square of Kiev on Monday morning. They are protesting against the coming into force of a new Tax Code. Several thousand people are demanding that Yanukovich should not sign the document, adopted by the Supreme Rada of Ukraine on November 18.

The demonstrators were carrying streamers with slogans, posters with the names of their cities and flags of local trade unions. The in­scrip­tions say, among other things: “Give freedom to small business,” “Life is grim, pension is ridiculous” etc. Another protest action was being held outside the government building, in the Grushevsky Street. Reinforced police units are maintaining law and order in the central part of Kiev.

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