Ukraine, Georgia Set for `Positive' News on EU Visa Waiver

  • EU paves way for visa-free travel, symbolizing closer ties
  • Ukraine expects visa waiver to take effect by middle of 2016

Ukraine and Georgia are set for “positive” news on efforts to win the right for their citizens to travel to the European Union without visas, the EU said.

“I have the feeling that our opinion will be positive -- for Georgia anyway, and Ukraine too,” European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told reporters on Thursday in Brussels.

A visa waiver would symbolize closer ties with the 28-nation bloc and set Ukraine and Georgia apart from Russia, which still faces visa requirements.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, in Brussels to press for the free-travel concession, said the long-awaited decision will be announced on Friday.

The commission didn’t confirm the date, saying the recommendations will be released “shortly.”

EU governments don’t require visas for citizens from most industrial countries, including the U.S., Canada, Japan, Australia and much of South America.

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