European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso hopes that an agreement on further simplification of visa regime with Ukraine will enter into force by the summer, he told a press conference after the completion of the 16th Ukraine - EU summit in Brussels.

"I hope this agreement to come into force in the first half of this year," Barroso said.

The President of the European Commission noted that the Commission is ready to work with the issue on visa free regime with Ukraine fast enough. However, he drew attention to the fact that the Commission is waiting for the third report of Ukraine regarding the implementation of the Action Plan on visa regime liberalization, and after the assessment of which it may be decided on transition to the second stage of the plan.

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