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EU Wants To Extend Visa Facility With Ukraine

The European Commission wants more Ukrainian students and businesspeople hopping planes to the European Union.
BRUSSELS -- The European Commission has proposed amending the bloc's visa regime with Ukraine to allow more categories of people to get multiple-entry visas into the European Union.

The move has already been criticized by several center-right members of the European Parliaments who say the EU should avoid rewarding the current Ukrainian government before the country's parliamentary elections in October.

Michele Cercone, the EU Commission's spokesman for home affairs, said that the extension will ensure that a larger number of students and businessmen can easily travel to the bloc.

The change is expected to be signed off by the European Commission on July 5 but the member states in the European Council must agree to it later this year.

Many European countries have expressed worries over the treatment of the jailed former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoschenko.
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