Posted on 22.11.2010 in Georgia, News

Georgia: 22.11.2010 EU signs Readmission Agreement with Georgia

On 22 November 2010 officials of the European Union and Georgia signed in Brussels the Readmission Agreement which establishes mutual procedures for repatriation of illegal migrants.

The Readmission Agreement signed today in Brussels sets out clear obligations and procedures for the authorities of both Georgia and the respective EU Member States as to when and how to take back people who are illegally residing on their territories. These obligations cover nationals from Georgia, the EU Member States and those from third countries and stateless people, provided the latter have a clear link with the requested Party (e.g. visa or resident permit).

“The signature of a Readmission Agreement is a concrete step forward in EU-Georgia relations.” – said Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner for Home Affairs – (…)The Visa Facilitation and Readmission Agreements are a very tangible result of the Eastern Partnership and will promote interaction between citizens of the EU and Georgia and strengthen our cooperation in the fight against irregular immigration. I am very pleased that both agreements have now been signed – this means that Georgians will be able to travel more easily while maintaining the efforts to clamp down on irregular migration”, continued Ms. Malmström.

Cecilia Malmström; photo by SDA

Cecilia Malmström; photo by SDA

The two agreements – Readmission and Visa Facilitation – will enter into force once both Parties have completed their internal ratification procedures.

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Kavkaz-uzel, Europa.eu, European Forum