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EU enlargement commissioner says bloc's soft power works

The European Commissioner in charge of Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy, Johannes Hahn, says visa-free travel for Ukrainians is a good example of EU soft power working. "Ukrainian citizens were eager to get visa-free travel to the EU," Johannes Hahn states. "We introduced 144 criteria that had to be fulfilled." Once Ukraine had made progress on rule of law and corruption, visa-free travel was approved this May.

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Commissioner Hahn also answers criticisms that the European Neighbourhood Policy has been too broad, too clunky and too slow in bringing about democratic change since it was launched in 2003.

A programme presented by Armen Georgian

Produced by Isabelle Romero

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