France: Wrong time for EU to lift visas for Georgia, Kosovo, Ukraine

Now is not the time for the European Union to grant visa-free access to citizens of Georgia, Ukraine and Kosovo, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says, dampening the countries' hopes of achieving the sought-after benefit in the coming months.

"This subject cannot be dealt with in the coming weeks and months. That is not the wish of France," Cazeneuve says at a meeting with his EU counterparts in Brussels.

The EU must carry out a "very rigorous monitoring" of the conditions under which the three countries met the bloc's visa liberalization criteria, he adds.

Last update: Fri, 24/06/2016 - 08:49

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