Analysis of the Visa Liberalization Process in Georgia: Moldova`s Experience and Recommendations

The relations between Georgia and the EU are based on the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement which came into force on 1 July 1999. The political priorities of cooperation with Georgia were defined by the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) Action Plan adopted by the EU in November 2006, while in 2009 Georgia joined the Eastern Partnership (EaP) which aims to promote the partner countries’ political association, their gradual economic integration, legal mobility and visa liberalization with the EU.

In 2010, an agreement on the Mobility Partnership was signed, which aims to combat illegal migration and promote legal migration, including the possible use of circulatory migration.

The Visa Facilitation and Readmission Agreements between Georgia and the EU came into force on 1 March 2011, while the European Council’s 31 May 2012 conclusion contained a positive assessment of the commission’s initiative to begin visa dialogue with Georgia.

The Georgia-EU dialogue on visa-free travel began on 4 June 2012, while on 25 February 2013, Georgia received the Visa Liberalisation Action Plan (VLAP).

Please read the whole document developed by Nino Samvelidze from The Georgian Institute for Strategic Studies below:

GISS_Visa Liberalization Researh Report – ENG

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