Georgia: Towards Visa-free Regime (№ 2)

Before the Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga (21-22nd of May 2015) the discussion about the possibility of granting visa-free regime with the EU to Georgia and Ukraine has intensified. Both Tbilisi and Kyiv are implementing required reforms, the decision on visa liberalisation is still unsure, however.

Therefore, once again the Stefan Batory Foundation releases policy briefs summarizing the efforts taken by Georgia and Ukraine on their path to visa-free regime with the EU – this time focusing on issue of separatist regions. Before the Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga (21-22nd of May 2015) the discussion about the possibility of granting visa-free regime with the EU to Georgia and Ukraine has intensified. Both Tbilisi and Kyiv are implementing required reforms, the decision on visa liberalisation is still unsure, however.

One of the arguments raised against introducing a visa-free regime for Georgia is that its two regions of South Osseti a and Abkhazia are self-proclaimed, unrecognised states in the internati onally-recognised territory of Georgia. However, this corresponds to a situation identical to Moldova, which was able to receive a visa-free regime with the EU in April 2014.

The whole document can be read here as pdf: No 2 – Towards visa-free regime – Georgia

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