Foreign Affairs Council of the EU supports granting visa waiver to Georgia and Ukraine

The Foreign Affairs Council of the EU underlines the importance of a timely finalisation of the decision making processes required for visa liberalisation for both Georgia and Ukraine, says release issued after the Foreign Affairs Council meeting on 14 November 2016.

“The Council recognises that mobility and people to people contacts bring the societies in the EU Member States and partner countries closer. The Council recalls that enhanced mobility of citizens in a secure and well managed environment remains a core objective of the Eastern Partnership. The Council underlines the importance of a timely finalisation of the decision making processes required for visa liberalisation for both Georgia and Ukraine”, – release states.

It’s also stressed that “the Council looks forward to consideration in due course of the possible opening of a visa dialogue with Armenia and welcomes, steps made in implementation of the Mobility Partnership with Azerbaijan. The Council also welcomes the recent signature of the Mobility Partnership with Belarus and looks forward to conclusion of the negotiations of the Visa Facilitation Agreement and Readmission Agreement”.

During the meeting, the ministers had an exchange of views on possible deliverables to be achieved in 2017, notably with a view to the next Eastern Partnership Summit in November 2017 in Brussels.

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Source: http://www.consilium.europa.eu

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