The European Union's executive wants to grant Ukraine citizens visa-free travel for up to 90 days in the 28-nation bloc, rewarding the east European nation for judicial and security reform.

Ukraine has long sought such access to the EU and it became even more important as a palpable sign of cooperation during its standoff with Russia over the past two years.

EU Home Affairs Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said Wednesday that he was "very satisfied with the progress achieved" in Kiev's reform and called it "an important achievement for the citizens of Ukraine. "

The issue will now be taken up by the European Parliament and needs approval from a large majority of EU member nations before it can become reality.