Poroshenko (second from left) said there's no black cat in a dark room on visas (Photo consilium.europa.eu)
By ANDREW RETTMAN for the EU Observer
BRUSSELS, Nov 24, 2016:
Ukrainian people are unlikely to get an EU visa waiver by Christmas, despite pledges to the contrary and “optimism” by EU officials.
European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker made the boldest promise at a summit with Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko in Brussels on Thursday (24 November).
“The problem will be resolved before the end of the year”, he said.
Donald Tusk, the European Council head, said he was “optimistic” on the visa-free accord.
Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko said there would not be any hidden surprises and that mere “stylistic” details of the visa accord remained to be agreed. “There’s no black cat in a dark room,” he said.
The delay on the visa pact comes amid testing times in EU and Ukraine relations.
The future of an EU-Ukraine association and trade treaty is in doubt after a Dutch referendum in which people voted to scrap it.