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Poroshenko: visa liberalisation "giant step" towards Europe

Ukrainians will be able to travel to the EU without visas from 11 June.

Poroshenko: visa liberalisation "giant step" towards Europe
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President Petro Poroshenko congratulated Ukrainians on the approval of the visa-free regime with the European Union.

He said that he was flying to Strasbourg on 17 May to attend the signing ceremony of the document that lifts EU visas.

"This will probably be one of my most important visits over the three years of my presidency, and the decision will be published in the EU Official Journal and will come into force 20 days later. On 11 June, 34 European countries will turn on the green light to the holders of Ukrainian biometric passports - for visa-free short-term travels," the president said in a televised address on Thursday, 11 May.

Poroshenko stressed that visa-free travel is a "giant step towards Europe."

"This is the evidence of the strategic correctness of our European choice, the irreversibility of the course for integration into Europe, and is the recognition of the positive shifts in the way of reforms: the visa liberalization plan contained almost one hundred and fifty items that provided real changes in many spheres of life," the president said.

"I greet you, my dear compatriots, with this historic decision of the Council of the European Union. It's like going home after a long and exhausting journey, returning to our common European home," Poroshenko said.