The EU’s Permanent Representatives Committee (COREPER) has approved amendments to the Regulation on granting visa-free travel to Georgian citizens

On 20 December, the European Union’s Permanent Representatives Committee (COREPER) met to discuss the issues relating to Georgia’s visa liberalization. The aim of the meeting was to approve the final text of amendments to Regulation 539/2001, which was agreed between the EU Council, the European Parliament and the European Commission on 13 December and envisages granting visa-free travel to Georgian citizens.

According to the follow-up procedures, the final edition of the Regulation will be approved by the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE).

This will be followed by the vote at the European Parliament’s plenary session, after which the amended regulation will be formally approved by the EU Council at the level of Ministers.

Upon signature of the legislative amendment by the President of the European Parliament and a representative of the country holding the EU presidency, the Regulation will be published in the official journal of the EU.

Visa-free travel will be granted to Georgia upon entry into force of the amended suspension mechanism regulation.

Source: http://www.mfa.gov.ge

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