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Document 02007A1218(02)-20130701

Agreement between the European Union and Ukraine on the facilitation of the issuance of visas

02007A1218(02) — EN — 01.07.2013 — 001.001


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AGREEMENT

between the European ►M1  Union ◄ and Ukraine on the facilitation of the issuance of visas

(OJ L 332 18.12.2007, p. 68)

Amended by:

 

 

Official Journal

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date

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AGREEMENT between the European Union and Ukraine amending the Agreement between the European Community and Ukraine on the facilitation of the issuance of visas

  L 168

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20.6.2013




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AGREEMENT

between the European ►M1  Union ◄ and Ukraine on the facilitation of the issuance of visas



THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY,

hereinafter referred to as ‘the Community’, and

UKRAINE,

hereinafter referred to as ‘the Parties’,

WITH A VIEW to further developing friendly relations between the Contracting Parties and desiring to facilitate people to people contacts as an important condition for a steady development of economic, humanitarian, cultural, scientific and other ties, by facilitating the issuing of visas to Ukrainian citizens,

DESIRING to regulate the regime of mutual travel of citizens of Ukraine and Member States of the European Union,

BEARING IN MIND that, as from 1 May 2005, EU citizens are exempted from the visa requirement when travelling to Ukraine for a period of time not exceeding 90 days or transiting through the territory of Ukraine,

RECOGNISING that if Ukraine would reintroduce the visa requirement for EU citizens, the same facilitations granted under this agreement to the Ukrainian citizens would automatically, on the basis of reciprocity, apply to EU citizens,

HAVING REGARD to the EU Ukraine Policy Action Plan, which noted that a constructive dialogue on visa facilitation between the EU and Ukraine would be established, with a view to preparing for negotiations on a visa facilitation agreement, taking account of the need for progress on the ongoing negotiations for an EC-Ukraine readmission agreement,

RECOGNISING that visa facilitation should not lead to illegal migration and paying special attention to security and readmission,

RECOGNISING the introduction of a visa free travel regime for the citizens of Ukraine as a long term perspective,

TAKING INTO ACCOUNT the Protocol on the position of the United Kingdom and Ireland and the Protocol integrating the Schengen acquis into the framework of the European Union, annexed to the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty establishing the European Community and confirming that the provisions of this agreement do not apply to the United Kingdom and Ireland,

TAKING INTO ACCOUNT the Protocol on the position of Denmark annexed to the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty establishing the European Community and confirming that the provisions of this agreement do not apply to the Kingdom of Denmark,

HAVE AGREED AS FOLLOWS:



Article 1

Purpose and scope of application

1.  The purpose of this Agreement is to facilitate the issuance of visas for an intended stay of no more than 90 days per period of 180 days to the citizens of Ukraine.

2.  If Ukraine would reintroduce the visa requirement for EU citizens or certain categories of EU citizens, the same facilitations granted under this agreement to the Ukrainian citizens would automatically, on the basis of reciprocity, apply to EU citizens concerned.

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Ukraine may only reintroduce the visa requirement for citizens or certain categories of citizens of all Member States and not for citizens or certain categories of citizens of individual Member States.

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Article 2

General clause

1.  The visa facilitations provided in this Agreement shall apply to citizens of Ukraine only insofar as they are not exempted from the visa requirement by the laws and regulations of the ►M1  European Union ◄ or the Member States, the present agreement or other international agreements.

2.  The national law of Ukraine, or of the Member States or ►M1  European Union ◄ law shall apply to issues not covered by the provisions of this Agreement, such as the refusal to issue a visa, recognition of travel documents, proof of sufficient means of subsistence and the refusal of entry and expulsion measures.

Article 3

Definitions

For the purpose of this Agreement:

(a) ‘Member State’ shall mean any Member State of the European Union, with the exception of the Kingdom of Denmark, the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom;

(b) ‘citizen of the European Union’ shall mean a national of a Member State as defined in point (a);

(c) ‘citizen of Ukraine’ shall mean any person who holds the citizenship of Ukraine;

(d) ‘visa’ shall mean an authorisation issued by a Member State or a decision taken by such State which is required with a view to:

 entry for an intended stay in that Member State or in several Member States of no more than 90 days in total,

 entry for transit through the territory of that Member State or several Member States;

(e) ‘legally residing person’ shall mean a citizen of Ukraine authorised or entitled to stay for more than 90 days in the territory of a Member State, on the basis of ►M1  European Union ◄ or national legislation.

Article 4

Supporting documents regarding the purpose of the journey

1.  For the following categories of citizens of Ukraine, the following documents are sufficient for justifying the purpose of the journey to the other Party:

(a) for members of official delegations who, following an official invitation addressed to Ukraine, shall participate in meetings, consultations, negotiations or exchange programmes, as well as in events held in the territory of one of the Member States by intergovernmental organisations:

 a letter issued by an Ukrainian authority confirming that the applicant is a member of its delegation travelling to the other Party to participate at the aforementioned events, accompanied by a copy of the official invitation;

(b) for business people and representatives of business organisations:

 a written request from a host legal person or company, or an office or a branch of such legal person or company, State and local authorities of the Member States or organising committees of trade and industrial exhibitions, conferences and symposia held in the territories of the Member States;

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(c) for drivers conducting international cargo and passenger transportation services to the territories of the Member States in vehicles registered in Ukraine:

 a written request from the national association of carriers of Ukraine providing for international road transportation, stating the purpose, duration, destination(s), and frequency of the trips;

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(d) for members of train, refrigerator and locomotive crews in international trains, travelling to the territories of the Member States:

 a written request from the competent railway company of Ukraine stating the purpose, duration and frequency of the trips;

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(e) for journalists and the technical crew accompanying them in a professional capacity:

 a certificate or other document issued by a professional organisation or the applicant’s employer proving that the person concerned is a qualified journalist and stating that the purpose of the journey is to carry out journalistic work or proving that the person is a member of the technical crew accompanying the journalist in a professional capacity;

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(f) for persons participating in scientific, cultural and artistic activities, including university and other exchange programmes:

 a written request from the host organisation to participate in those activities;

(g) for pupils, students, post-graduate students and accompanying teachers who undertake trips for the purposes of study or educational training, including in the framework of exchange programmes as well as other school related activities:

 a written request or a certificate of enrolment from the host university, college or school or student cards or certificates of the courses to be attended;

(h) for participants in international sports events and persons accompanying them in a professional capacity:

 a written request from the host organisation: competent authorities, national sport Federations and National Olympic Committees of the Member States;

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(i) for participants in official exchange programmes organised by twin cities and other municipal entities:

 a written request of the Head of Administration/Mayor of those cities or other municipal entities;

(j) for close relatives — spouse, children (including adopted), parents (including custodians), grandparents and grandchildren — visiting citizens of Ukraine legally residing in the territory of the Member States or citizens of the European Union residing in the territory of the Member State of which they are nationals:

 a written request from the host person;

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(k) relatives visiting for burial ceremonies:

 an official document confirming the fact of death as well as confirmation of the family or other relationship between the applicant and the buried;

(l) for visiting military and civil burial grounds:

 an official document confirming the existence and preservation of the grave as well as family or other relationship between the applicant and the buried;

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(m) for visiting for medical reasons and necessary accompanying persons:

 an official document of the medical institution confirming the necessity of medical care in that institution, the necessity of being accompanied and proof of sufficient financial means to pay the medical treatment;

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(n) for representatives of civil society organisations when undertaking trips for the purposes of educational training, seminars, conferences, including in the framework of exchange programmes:

 a written request issued by the host organisation, a confirmation that the person is representing the civil society organisation and the certificate on establishment of such organisation from the relevant Register issued by a state authority in accordance with the national legislation;

(o) for members of the professions participating in international exhibitions, conferences, symposia, seminars or other similar events held in the territory of the Member States:

 a written request from the host organisation confirming that the person concerned is participating in the event;

(p) for representatives of religious communities:

 a written request from a religious community registered in Ukraine, stating the purpose, duration and frequency of the trips;

(q) for participants in official Europan Union cross-border cooperation programmes, such as under the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI):

 a written request by the host organisation.

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2.  The written request mentioned in paragraph 1 of this Article shall contain the following items:

(a) for the invited person: name and surname, date of birth, sex, citizenship, number of the identity document, time and purpose of the journey, number of entries and name of minor children accompanying the invited person;

(b) for the inviting person: name and surname and address; or

(c) for the inviting legal person, company or organisation: full name and address and

 if the request is issued by an organisation, the name and position of the person who signs the request;

 if the inviting person is a legal person or company or an office or a branch of such legal person or company established in the territory of a Member State, the registration number as required by the national law of the Member State concerned.

3.  For the categories of persons mentioned in paragraph 1 of this article, all categories of visas are issued according to the simplified procedure without requiring any other justification, invitation or validation concerning the purpose of the journey, provided for by the legislation of the Member States.

Article 5

Issuance of multiple-entry visas

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1.  Diplomatic missions and consular posts of the Member States shall issue multiple-entry visas with the term of validity of five years to the following categories of persons:

(a) members of national and regional Governments and Parliaments, Constitutional Courts and Supreme Courts, national and regional prosecutors and their deputies, if they are not exempted from the visa requirement by the present Agreement, in the exercise of their duties;

(b) permanent members of official delegations who, following official invitations addressed to Ukraine, shall regularly participate in meetings, consultations, negotiations or exchange programmes, as well as in events held in the territory of the Member States by intergovernmental organisations;

(c) spouses and children (including adopted), who are under the age of 21 or are dependant, and parents (including custodians) visiting citizens of Ukraine legally residing in the territory of the Member States or citizens of the European Union residing in the territory of the Member State of which they are nationals;

(d) business people and representatives of business organisations who regularly travel to the Member States;

(e) journalists and the technical crew accompanying them in a professional capacity.

By way of derogation from the first subparagraph, where the need or the intention to travel frequently or regularly is manifestly limited to a shorter period, the term of validity of the multiple-entry visa shall be limited to that period, in particular where

 in the case of the persons referred to in point (a), the term of office,

 in the case of the persons referred to in point (b), the term of the validity of the status as a permanent member of an official delegation,

 in the case of the persons referred to in point (c), the period of validity of the authorisation for legal residence of citizens of Ukraine legally residing in the European Union,

 in the case of the persons referred to in point (d), the term of validity of the status as a representative of the business organisation or the work contract,

 in the case of the persons referred to in point (e), the work contract

is less than five years.

2.  Diplomatic missions and consular posts of the Member States shall issue multiple-entry visas with the term of validity of one year to the following categories of persons, provided that during the previous year they have obtained at least one visa, have made use of it in accordance with the laws on entry and stay of the visited State:

(a) drivers conducting international cargo and passenger transportation services to the territories of the Member States in vehicles registered in Ukraine;

(b) members of train, refrigerator and locomotive crews in international trains, travelling to the territories of the Member States;

(c) persons participating in scientific, cultural and artistic activities, including university and other exchange programmes, who regularly travel to the Member States;

(d) participants in international sports events and persons accompanying them in a professional capacity;

(e) participants in official exchange programmes organised by twin cities and other municipal entities;

(f) representatives of civil society organisations travelling regularly to Member States for the purposes of educational training, seminars, conferences, including in the framework of exchange programmes;

(g) for participants in official European Union cross-border cooperation programmes, such as under the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI);

(h) students and post-graduate students who regularly travel for the purposes of study or educational training, including in the framework of exchange programmes;

(i) for representatives of religious communities:

(j) for members of the professions participating in international exhibitions, conferences, symposia, seminars or other similar events held in the territory of the Member States;

(k) persons needing to visit regularly for medical reasons and necessary accompanying persons.

By way of derogation from the first subparagraph, where the need or the intention to travel frequently or regularly is manifestly limited to a shorter period, the term of validity of the multiple-entry visa shall be limited to that period.

3.  Diplomatic missions and consular posts of the Member States shall issue multiple-entry visas with the term of validity of a minimum of two years and a maximum of five years to the categories of persons referred to in paragraph 2 of this Article, provided that during the previous two years they have made use of the one year multiple-entry visas in accordance with the laws on entry and stay of the visited State unless the need or the intention to travel frequently or regularly is manifestly limited to a shorter period, in which case the term of validity of the multiple-entry visa shall be limited to that period.

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4.  The total period of stay of persons referred to in paragraphs 1 to 3 of this Article shall not exceed 90 days per period of 180 days in the territory of the Member States.

Article 6

Fees for processing visa applications

1.  The fee for processing visa applications of Ukrainian citizens shall amount to EUR 35. The aforementioned amount may be reviewed in accordance with the procedure provided for in Article 14(4).

2.  If Ukraine would reintroduce the visa requirement for EU citizens, the visa fee to be charged by Ukraine shall not be higher than EUR 35 or the amount agreed if the fee is reviewed in accordance with the procedure provided for in Article 14(4).

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3.  The Member States shall charge a fee of EUR 70 for processing visas in cases where, based on the distance between the applicant’s place of residence and the place where the application has been submitted, the applicant has requested that a decision on the application be taken within three days of its submission, and the consulate has accepted to take a decision within three days.

4.  Without prejudice to paragraph 5 fees for processing the visa application are waived for the following categories of persons:

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(a) for close relatives — spouses, children (including adopted) parents (including custodians), grandparents and grandchildren — of citizens of Ukraine legally residing in the territory of the Member States ►M1  or citizens of the European Union residing in the territory of the Member State of which they are nationals ◄ ;

(b) for members of official delegations who, following an official invitation addressed to Ukraine, shall participate in meetings, consultations, negotiations or exchange programmes, as well as in events held in the territory of one of the Member States by intergovernmental organisations;

(c) members of national and regional Governments and Parliaments, Constitutional Courts and Supreme Courts, in case they are not exempted from the visa requirement by the present Agreement;

(d) pupils, students, post-graduate students and accompanying teachers who undertake trips for the purpose of study or educational training;

(e) disabled persons and the person accompanying them, if necessary;

(f) persons who have presented documents proving the necessity of their travel on humanitarian grounds, including to receive urgent medical treatment and the person accompanying such person, or to attend a funeral of a close relative, or to visit a close relative seriously ill;

(g) participants in international sports events and persons accompanying them;

(h) persons participating in scientific, cultural and artistic activities including university and other exchange programmes;

(i) participants in official exchange programmes organised by twin cities ►M1  and other municipal entities ◄ ;

(j) journalists ►M1  and the technical crew accompanying them in a professional capacity ◄ ;

(k) pensioners;

(l) drivers conducting international cargo and passenger transportation services to the territories of the Member States in vehicles registered in Ukraine;

(m) members of train, refrigerator and locomotive crews in international trains, travelling to the territories of the Member States;

(n) children under the age of 18 and dependant children under the age of 21;

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(o) representatives of the religious communities;

(p) for members of the professions participating in international exhibitions, conferences, symposia, seminars or other similar events held in the territory of the Member States;

(q) participants aged 25 years or less in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events, organised by non-profit organisations;

(r) representatives of civil society organisations undertaking trips for the purposes of educational training, seminars, conferences, including in the framework of exchange programmes;

(s) for participants in official European Union cross-border cooperation programmes, such as under the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI).

The first subparagraph shall apply also where the purpose of the journey is transit.

5.  If a Member State cooperates with an external service provider in view of issuing a visa the external service provider may charge a service fee. This fee shall be proportionate to the costs incurred by the external service provider while performing its tasks and shall not exceed EUR 30. The Member States shall maintain the possibility for all applicants to lodge their applications directly at their consulates If applicants are required to obtain an appointment for the lodging of an application the appointment shall, as a rule, take place within a period of two weeks from the date when the appointment was requested.

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Article 7

Length of procedures for processing visa applications

1.  Diplomatic missions and consular posts of the Member States shall take a decision on the request to issue a visa within 10 calendar days of the date of the receipt of the application and documents required for issuing the visa.

2.  The period of time for taking a decision on a visa application may be extended up to 30 calendar days in individual cases, notably when further scrutiny of the application is needed.

3.  The period of time for taking a decision on a visa application may be reduced to two working days or less in urgent cases.

Article 8

Departure in case of lost or stolen documents

Citizens of the European Union and of Ukraine who have lost their identity documents, or from whom these documents have been stolen while staying in the territory of Ukraine or the Member States, may leave that territory on the grounds of valid identity documents entitling to cross the border issued by diplomatic missions or consular posts of the Member States or of the Ukraine without any visa or other authorisation.

Article 9

Extension of visa in exceptional circumstances

The citizens of Ukraine who do not have the possibility to leave the territory of the Member States by the time stated in their visas for reasons of force majeure shall have the term of their visas extended free of charge in accordance with the legislation applied by the receiving State for the period required for their return to the State of their residence.

Article 10

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Diplomatic and service passports

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1.  Citizens of Ukraine, holders of valid diplomatic passports can enter, leave and transit through the territories of the Member States without visas.

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2.  Citizens of Ukraine who are holders of valid biometric service passports can enter, leave and transit through the territories of the Member States without visas.

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►M1  3. ◄   Persons mentioned ►M1  in paragraphs 1 and 2 ◄ of this Article may stay in the territories of the Member States for a period not exceeding 90 days per period of 180 days.

Article 11

Territorial validity of visas

Subject to the national rules and regulations concerning national security of the Member States and subject to EU rules on visas with limited territorial validity, the citizens of Ukraine shall be entitled to travel within the territory of the Member States on equal basis with European Union citizens.

Article 12

Joint Committee for management of the Agreement

1.  The Parties shall set up a joint committee of experts (hereinafter referred to as ‘the Committee’), composed by representatives of the European ►M1  Union ◄ and of Ukraine. The ►M1  European Union ◄ shall be represented by the ►M1  European Commission ◄ , assisted by experts from the Member States.

2.  The Committee shall, in particular, have the following tasks:

(a) monitoring the implementation of the present Agreement;

(b) suggesting amendments or additions to the present Agreement;

(c) settling disputes arising out of the interpretation or application of the provisions in this Agreement.

3.  The Committee shall meet whenever necessary at the request of one of the Parties and at least once a year.

4.  The Committee shall establish its rules of procedure.

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Relation of this Agreement with bilateral Agreements between Member States and Ukraine

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2.  The provisions of bilateral Agreements or arrangements between individual Member States and Ukraine concluded before the entry into force of this Agreement providing for the exemption of the holders of non-biometric service passports from the visa requirement shall continue to apply without prejudice to the right of the Member States concerned or Ukraine to denounce or suspend these bilateral agreements or arrangements.

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Article 14

Final clauses

1.  This Agreement shall be ratified or approved by the Parties in accordance with their respective procedures and shall enter into force on the first day of the second month following the date on which the Parties notify each other that the procedures referred to above have been completed.

2.  By way of derogation to paragraph 1 of this Article, the present agreement shall only enter into force at the date of the entry into force of the Agreement between the European Community and Ukraine on readmission of persons if this date is after the date provided for in paragraph 1 of this Article.

3.  This Agreement is concluded for an indefinite period of time, unless terminated in accordance with paragraph 6 of this Article.

4.  This Agreement may be amended by written agreement of the Parties. Amendments shall enter into force after the Parties have notified each other of the completion of their internal procedures necessary for this purpose.

5.  Each Party may suspend in whole or in part this Agreement for reasons of public order, protection of national security or protection of public health. The decision on suspension shall be notified to the other Party not later than 48 hours before its entry into force. The Party that has suspended the application of this Agreement shall immediately inform the other Party once the reasons for the suspension no longer apply.

6.  Each Party may terminate this Agreement by giving written notice to the other Party. This Agreement shall cease to be in force 90 days after the date of such notification.

Done at Luxembourg on the eighteenth day of June in the year two thousand and seven, in duplicate each in the Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish and Ukrainian languages, each of these texts being equally authentic.

За Европейската общност

Por la Comunidad Europea

Za Evropské společenství

For Det Europæiske Fællesskab

Für die Europäische Gemeinschaft

Euroopa Ühenduse nimel

Για την Ευρωπαϊκή Κοινότητα

For the European Community

Pour la Communauté européenne

Per la Comunità europea

Eiropas Kopienas vārdā

Europos bendrijos vardu

az Európai Közösség részéről

Għall-Komunità Ewropea

Voor de Europese Gemeenschap

W imieniu Wspólnoty Europejskiej

Pela Comunidade Europeia

Pentru Comunitatea Europeană

Za Európske spoločenstvo

Za Evropsko skupnost

Euroopan yhteisön puolesta

På Europeiska gemenskapens vägnar

3a Євролейське Спiвтовaриство

signatory

signatory

За Укрaйнa

Por Ucrania

Za Ukrajinu

For Ukraine

Für die Ukraine

Ukraina nimel

Για την Ουκρανία

For Ukraine

Pour l'Ukraine

Per l'Ucraina

Ukrainas vārdā

Ukrainos vardu

Ukrajna részéről

Għall-Ukrajna

Voor Oekraïne

W imieniu Ukrainy

Pela Ucrânia

Pentru Ucraina

Za Ukrajinu

Za Ukrajino

Ukrainan puolesta

På Ukrainas vägnar

3а Уκраїну

signatory

PROTOCOL TO THE AGREEMENT ON THE MEMBER STATES THAT DO NOT FULLY APPLY THE SCHENGEN ACQUIS

Those Member States which are bound by the Schengen acquis but which do not issue yet Schengen visas, while awaiting the relevant decision of the Council to that end, shall issue national visas the validity of which is limited to their own territory.

These Member States may unilaterally recognise Schengen visas and residence permits for the purpose of transit through their territory, in accordance with Council Decision No 895/2006/EC.

EUROPEAN COMMUNITY DECLARATION ON ISSUANCE OF SHORT-STAY VISAS FOR VISITS OF MILITARY AND CIVIL BURIAL GROUNDS

Diplomatic missions and consular posts of the Member States, shall as a general rule, issue short-stay visas for a period of up to 14 days for persons visiting military and civil burial grounds.

JOINT DECLARATION CONCERNING DENMARK

The Parties take note that the present Agreement does not apply to the procedures for issuing visas by the diplomatic missions and consular posts of the Kingdom of Denmark.

In such circumstances, it is desirable that the authorities of Denmark and of Ukraine conclude, without delay, a bilateral agreement on the facilitation of the issuance of visas in similar terms as the Agreement between the European Community and Ukraine.

JOINT DECLARATION CONCERNING THE UNITED KINGDOM AND IRELAND

The Parties take note that the present Agreement does not apply to the territory of the United Kingdom and Ireland.

In such circumstances, it is desirable that the authorities of the United Kingdom, Ireland and Ukraine, conclude bilateral agreements on the facilitation of the issuance of visas.

JOINT DECLARATION CONCERNING ICELAND AND NORWAY

The Parties take note of the close relationship between the European Community and Norway and Iceland, particularly by virtue of the Agreement of 18 May 1999 concerning the association of these countries with the implementation, application and development of the Schengen acquis.

In such circumstances, it is desirable that the authorities of Norway, Iceland and Ukraine conclude, without delay, bilateral agreements on the facilitation of the issuance of visas in similar terms as the Agreement between the European Community and Ukraine.

COMMISSION DECLARATION ON THE MOTIVATION OF THE DECISION TO REFUSE A VISA

Recognising the importance of transparency for visa applicants, the European Commission recalls that the legislative proposal on the recast of the Common Consular Instructions on visas for the diplomatic missions and consular posts has been adopted on 19 July 2006 and addresses the issue of the motivation of visa refusals and appeal possibilities.

EUROPEAN COMMUNITY DECLARATION ON ACCESS OF VISA APPLICANTS AND HARMONISATION OF INFORMATION ON PROCEDURES FOR ISSUING SHORT-STAY VISAS AND DOCUMENTS TO BE SUBMITTED WHEN APPLYING FOR SHORT-STAY VISAS

Recognising the importance of transparency for visa applicants, the European Community recalls that the legislative proposal on the recast of the Common Consular Instructions on visas for the diplomatic missions and consular posts has been adopted on 19 July 2006 by the European Commission and addresses the issue of conditions of access of visa applicants to diplomatic missions and consular posts of the Member States.

Regarding the information to be provided to visa applicants the European Community considers that appropriate measures should be taken:

 in general, to draw up basic information for applicants on the procedures and conditions for applying for visas and on their validity,

 the European Community will draw up a list of minimum requirements in order to ensure that Ukrainian applicants are given coherent and uniform basic information and are required to submit, in principle, the same supporting documents.

The information mentioned above is to be disseminated widely (on the notice boards of consulates, in leaflets, on websites, etc.).

The diplomatic missions and consular posts of the Member States shall provide information about existing possibilities under the Schengen acquis for facilitation of the issuing of short-stay visas on a case-by-case basis.

DRAFT POLITICAL DECLARATION ON LOCAL BORDER TRAFFIC

DECLARATION FROM POLAND, HUNGARY, SLOVAK REPUBLIC AND ROMANIA

The Republic of Hungary, the Republic of Poland, the Slovak Republic, as well as Romania as from the date of joining the EU, declare their willingness to enter into negotiations of bilateral agreements with Ukraine for the purpose of implementing the local border traffic regime established by the EC Regulation adopted on 5 October 2006 laying down rules on local border traffic at the external land borders of the Member States and amending the Schengen Convention.

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