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Parliament speaker calls for visa facilitation agreement with Ireland to be signed this year
Tuesday, 23 March 2010 17:10

Verkhovna Rada Chairman Volodymyr Lytvyn has said that a Ukrainian-Irish inter-governmental agreement on the simplified registration of visas for Ukrainians should be signed this year.

He said this at a meeting with the head of the group on inter-parliamentary ties with Ukraine, Charlie O'Connor, during his visit to Ireland on March 23-24, the Ukrainian parliament's press service reported on Tuesday.

Lytvyn also said that there was every reason for trade between Ukraine and Ireland, which amounted to about $100 million in 2009, to grow further.

Ukrainian schoolchildren, students to choose language of instruction
Tuesday, 23 March 2010 17:05

Parents of Ukrainian schoolchildren and students will have the right to choose their language of instruction, Education Minister Dmytro Tabachnyk has said.

"We are currently forming a working group to examine the most sensitive issues of education, including the language ones. The basic principle that will be laid down is that parents of pupils at schools and students at universities should have the right to choose in which language to learn. They must make relevant applications and their application should be satisfied," the minister said in an interview published in a Tuesday issue of the Segodnya (Today) Newspaper.

Tabachnyk said that he is planning to gather the directors of all 500 Kyiv schools and ask them how they are going to fulfill the Ukrainian legislation's requirements of letting parents choose the language of instruction for their children.

Czech Republic cancels medical certificates for long-term visas for Ukrainians
Monday, 22 March 2010 17:14

The requirement for Ukrainian citizens to obtain medical certificates for visas to the Czech Republic for over 90 days, for long-term visits, permanent relocation and green cards has been cancelled.

A posting on the Czech Embassy Web site says that this was stipulated in amendments to a resolution of the Czech Health Ministry.

Ukraine to get visa-free travel, free trade zone with EU in a year
Friday, 05 March 2010 16:21

President of Ukraine Victor Yanukovych believes that Ukraine will enjoy visa-free regime and free trade zone with the EU no later than in a year.

The head of state said this in an exclusive interview with the BBC Ukrainian service in Brussels.

Asked about the possibility of Ukraine's getting an associate membership, visa-free regime and forming a free trade zone with the EU, Yanukovych said: "We have agreed that we will settle this issue within a year, and a joint decision, joint implementation of this decision will lead us to the goal we have set. We will get a visa-free regime and a free trade zone with the European Union no later than in a year."

When asked to comment on the European Parliament's resolution securing Ukraine's right to apply for EU membership, the president said: "I believe that Ukraine should come a long way of reforms, and only then we will see the timeframes when it may happen. Today we have received a signal, which gives us a great hope. And now we have to be working hard. "

Slovakia ready to cancel fees for national long-term visas for Ukrainians
Wednesday, 03 March 2010 16:10

Ukrainian and Slovakian Foreign Ministers Petro Poroshenko and Miroslav Lajcak have agreed on the cancellation of fees for the registration of Slovakian national long-term visas for Ukrainian citizens, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry's press service has reported. At a meeting held in Budapest on Tuesday as part of a meeting of the foreign ministers of the Visegrad Group (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia) and the Eastern Partnership countries (Belarus, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine), the two ministers also agreed that Lajcak would visit Ukraine in April 2010.

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