Expansion and Modernization of the Schengen: Consequences and Perspectives for UkraineDownload publications
In our new project “Expansion and Modernization of the Schengen: Perspectives for Ukraine” we put an emphasis on those aspects of visa policy that have not been previously discussed in CPCFPU publications. Novelty of the research relates to currently important issues, namely:
• Introduction of offcial intermediary services in EU visa practice (launching “Visa Centers”);
• Expansion of the Schengen zone since December 21st, 2007 resulting in its direct bordering on Western part of Ukraine;
• Entering into force of the Agreement of Facilitation of Visa Issuance between the EU and Ukraine after January 1st, 2008.
This publication contains full results of monitoring the activities of Visa Centers that provide intermediary services for citizens of Ukraine. These data were frst presented during the round table “Expansion of the Schengen – Consequences for Ukraine” organized by CPCFPU on February 15th, 2008 in Kyiv.
In addition, preliminary assessment of Schengen zone expansion impact on visa issuance for the citizens of Ukraine was made, as well as frst implementation evaluation of the Agreement on Facilitation of Visa Issuance between Ukraine and EU. The publication presents prognosis assessment and recommendations concerning the content and format of the future “visa dialogue” between Ukraine and EU. A consortium of non governmental organizations and think thanks representing different regions of Ukraine was created as a result of CPCFPU research efforts in terms of visa migration problems and with a support of European Program of International Renaissance Foundation. The consortium was created in order to hold systematic examination of the situation in terms of ensuring human rights for free movement, detect problems and obstacles to liberalization of visa relations with EU and lifting visa obligations for the citizens of Ukraine as a fnal aim. Consortium conducts regular activity monitoring of EU Member States consulates in Ukraine. The next publication will cover these issues.