7 Sep 2017 12:46

Poroshenko cautions Rada not to alter laws adopted for visa-free travel with EU

KYIV. Sept 7 (Interfax) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has cautioned the Verkhovna Rada against altering the laws that were adopted to secure visa-free travel with the European Union.

"I want to caution some parliamentarians against trying to revise the laws that became the foundation for our partners' decision to grant us visa-free travel," he said in his annual address to the parliament in Kyiv on Thursday.

He said he had in mind attempts to repeal electronic declaration or make it non-public, or "to clean up the anti-discriminatory amendments to the Labor Code," or narrow the powers of anti-corruption bodies.

"I won't hesitate to veto initiatives that might jeopardize visa-free travel, one of our achievements," he said.