On November 17 EU member states moved a step closer to giving Ukraine visa-free access after EU ambassadors gave the European Council a mandate to work with the European Parliament on a procedural mechanism.
The ability for Ukrainians to travel through the Schengen zone has been long sought by Kyiv, since it would potentially give a jolt to cross-border trade. Some European nations fear that an influx of lower-wage workers from Ukraine will put more pressure on labor markets and add to the growing doubts about immigration on the continents.
Both Ukraine and Georgia are at the same stage in the process, waiting for a compromise between the European Council and the European Parliament on the suspension mechanism.
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