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Avramopoulos: Ukraine's Interior Ministry fulfilled action plan on EU visa liberalization regime

Avramopoulos: Ukraine's Interior Ministry fulfilled action plan on EU visa liberalization regimeEuropean Union Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos, said the Ukrainian Interior Ministry has done its best to fulfill the action plan on EU visa liberalization regime for Ukrainians.

This follows from the Ukrainian ministry's press service post on its website on the results of the commissioner's meeting with Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov on May 12.

Avramopoulos said that today Ukraine was not just another state, which longs for Europe, but also a guarantor of stability in the region.

He said that Ukrainians should feel themselves part of a 'happy' generation, which experiences all these social and political changes.

"You're not alone in this process. These efforts you apply are of an extremely great importance. You achieved great results and I believe that day isn't far away, when the Ukrainians will be able to freely travel around Europe. As far as I understand, citizens of Ukraine are waiting for this moment," the commissioner said.

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For his part, Avakov has stressed fulfillment of EU visa liberalization requirements goes hand in hand with reforming of Interior Ministry structures.

"We launched it two years ago by approving the strategy, which has been agreed with EUAM [European Union Advisory Mission for Civilian Security Sector Reform Ukraine]. And we're fulfilling it. The EU is one of our main partners in police reform," the minister added.

The EU commissioner underlined that it is also important to unite the efforts of EU and Ukrainian law enforces to reach common results.

"I'll ask the Interpol director to come to Ukraine so that we will be able to unite the efforts. We'll also appoint a special communicator with Europol. We would not just combat organized crime and terrorism, but exchange information through building trust. Let's move into this direction. I'm asking you to let us know when you need this," the commissioner said.
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