The Committee of Permanent Representatives in the European Union (COREPER) has approved commencement of negotiations between the EU Council and the European Parliament on liberalization of the EU's visa regime for Ukrainian citizens. The press service of the EU Council announced this in a statement, Ukrainian News reports. "On 17 November, the Permanent Representatives Committee (COREPER) agreed, on behalf of the Council, a negotiating position on visa liberalization for Ukraine. It confirmed the Commission proposal to provide for visa-free travel for EU citizens when traveling to the territory of Ukraine and for citizens of this country when traveling to the EU, for a period of stay of 90 days in any 180-day period," the statement said. According to the statement, the council takes the view that visa liberalization for Ukraine should enter into force at the same time as the new suspension mechanism enters into force. "By y giving its green light today, the Council has demonstrated its commitment to visa-free travel for citizens of Ukraine, taking into account that all requirements have been met. Credible reform is the right path and should be encouraged. I am also delighted that our decision is able to send a positive message in the run up to the EU-Ukraine Summit on 24 November," said Peter Javorcik, Slovakia's Permanent Representative to the EU and President of the Committee of Permanent Representatives in the EU. According to the statement, the presidency will start negotiations with the European Parliament on the basis of this mandate. As Ukrainian News earlier reported, President Petro Poroshenko expects the European Union to consider a suspension mechanism for the visa-free regime before the Ukraine-EU summit scheduled for November 24.