First progress report of the implementation by the Republic of Moldova of the Action Plan on Visa Liberalisation
The European Commission’s evaluation of progress made by Moldova in fulfiling technical criteria necessary to establish vise-free travel regime in such areas as document security, irregular migration, including readmission, public order and security, external relations and fundamental rights.
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.
Country Strategy Paper and National Indicative Programme 2005-2006
28 May 2004
“This document establishes the strategic framework (CSP, Section I) and the overall planning (NIP, Section II) within which EC assistance will be provided during the period 2005-2006.
The Indicative Programme for assistance to Belarus (Section II) focuses on the objectives and priority fields of cooperation, along with setting out the main lines of programmes to be developed, establishing the expected results and impact indicators, and spelling out risks and assumptions for execution of such programmes. [..]
Against the background of the EU enlargement and the EU’s European Neighbourhood Policy, the long-term goals of the EU are that Belarus be a democratic, stable, reliable, and increasingly prosperous partner with which the enlarged EU will share not only common borders, but also a common agenda driven by shared values.”
“What the European Union could bring to Belarus” (non-paper)
The document lists mutual benefits from the successful cooperation and rapprochement of the EU and Belarus. Steps such as ensuring easier travel by Belarusian citizens to EU countries simplifying contacts across the border and making border-crossing easier for local people through cooperation with Belarus’ neighbours were mentioned as measures towards developing more and better contacts between the EU and Belarus.
Opinion of the Committee of the Regions on ‘The implementation of the Eastern Partnership Initiative in Belarus and the development of cooperation between local and regional authorities in Belarus and the EU,
10 February 2011
“35. encourages the border regions in the EU Member States of Poland, Lithuania and Latvia in particular to continue to step up cross-border cooperation with municipalities and regional authorities in Belarus, for example in the following areas:
— border traffic, customs, promoting mobility (visa facilitation) to simplify the cross-border movement of travellers and make it easier for people from Belarus and bordering EU countries to meet one another.”