One step closer to visa-free travel for Georgians

The EU’s Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER) has agreed, on behalf of the European Council, a negotiating position on visa liberalisation for Georgia. Once the new visa regime for Georgia is agreed with the European Parliament and formally adopted, it will provide visa-free travel for Georgians travelling to the EU, as well as EU citizens travelling to Georgia, for a stay of 90 days in any 180-day period.
“The Council has demonstrated its strong commitment to visa-free travel for Georgian citizens, taking into account Georgia’s reforms,” said Peter Javorčík, Permanent Representative of Slovakia to the EU, and President of the Permanent Representatives Committee. “The Presidency believes that the path of credible reforms is the right one and should be encouraged. We count on the European Parliament’s support in finalising the related process so that the citizens of Georgia can enjoy visa-free travel as soon as possible.”
On the basis of this mandate, the Slovak presidency will now start negotiations with the European Parliament.
A press release said the Council took the view that the entry into force of visa liberalisation for Georgia should be at the same time as the entry into force of the new “suspension mechanism”. The mechanism was strengthened in the context of the current migratory situation in the EU, and makes it easier for EU member states to notify circumstances which might lead to a suspension of visa-free travel.
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Source: http://www.enpi-info.eu
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