EP has urged Council to open talks on a visa waiver for Georgia “without any further delay”

The European Parliament has called on the Council to start negotiations on exempting Georgian citizens from EU visa requirements “without any further delay”. In a letter sent on 26 October to the Slovak Presidency, Civil Liberties MEPs invited the Council to open talks “as soon as possible at the beginning of November”.
MEPs reasoned that there is no real cause for delaying the talks on Georgia´s visa waiver, given that both the Parliament and the Council have approved mandates, and following the confirmation by the Commission that the country has fulfilled all criteria.
MEPs complained that the Council decided that “trilogues would not start before an agreement on the revision of the suspension mechanism is reached with the European Parliament”. They underlined that the interinstitutional discussions on the review of the suspension mechanism which allows a temporary reintroduction of visa requirements in certain situations – are ongoing, with negotiators actively seeking solutions on the remaining open issues.
“Our guiding principle is that every country that meets all the benchmarks can benefit from visa liberalisation, and that is the case of Georgia”, said Mariya Gabriel, insisting that the EU must deliver on its promises.
“There should be no further delay to move” on this file, she added, and reminded that visa liberalisation represents, in the context of the EU-Georgia partnership and the Eastern Partnership, a very concrete achievement for citizens.
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Source: http://www.enpi-info.eu
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