Other documents - Georgia

EXTRAORDINARY EUROPEAN COUNCIL, PRESIDENCY CONCLUSIONS
1 September 2008
“The European Union has already supplied emergency aid. It is prepared to supply aid for reconstruction in Georgia, including the regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. It is ready to support confidence-building measures and the development of regional cooperation. It also decides to step up its relations with Georgia, including visa facilitation measures and the possible establishment of a full and comprehensive free trade area as soon as the conditions are met. It will take the initiative of convening an international conference shortly to assist reconstruction in Georgia and requests the Council and the Commission to start preparations for this conference.”

EU-Georgia ENP Action Plan
The Action Plan is a political document laying out the strategic objectives of the cooperation between Georgia and the EU, including establishing “a dialogue on matters related to the movement of people including on readmission and visa issues;”

EUROPEAN NEIGHBOURHOOD AND PARTNERSHIP INSTRUMENT
GEORGIA COUNTRY STRATEGY PAPER 2007-2013
In line with the priorities of the EU-Georgia Action Plan, assistance in the area of justice, freedom and security will focus on migration issues ,including readmission, visa, document security/biometrics and asylum.

European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument
GEORGIA NATIONAL INDICATIVE PROGRAMME 2011-2013
“Negotiation mandates for visa facilitation and readmission agreements were prepared by the Commission and approved by the Council in November 2008. Negotiations started in April and were to be finalised in November 2009. Georgia signed a Joint Declaration for an EU-Georgia Mobility Partnership with the EC and interested EU Member States.”

Agreement between the European Union and Georgia on the facilitation of the issuance of visas
25 February 2011
The agreement makes it easier and cheaper for Georgian citizens to acquire short stay visas. Frequent travellers will be able to obtain multi-entry visas with long periods of validity. The amount of documents required for the application has been reduced and visa fees lowered from 60 EUR to 35 EUR with possible exemptions for certain categories of applicants.