EU’s Avramopoulos in Tbilisi to Support Georgians’ Visa-Free Regime

EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos, visited Tbilisi to meet with Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirilashvili and other local officials to discuss the European Union’s planned visa-free regime for Georgian citizens.

Avramopoulos reiterated that Georgia is an ideal example for other countries in the region that hope to apply in the future for EU visa liberalization.

“I am looking forward to the moment when Georgia citizens will be able to enjoy the benefits of visa-free travel to the Schengen countries. Georgia deserves this monumental achievement,” Avramopoulos said at a press conference following his meeting with Georgian officials.

Avramopoulos said he hopes the European Parliament will support the EU Commission’s proposal and enact its recommendations as soon as possible.

“Once the decision is approved, Georgia citizens with biometric passports will not need to apply for a visa for 90 days of travel. I would like to emphasize, however, that the European Union does not envisage the right of employment as a part of the current visa liberalization process,” he said.

Kvirikasvili thanked Avramopoulos for his support and personal effort during the EU-Georgia visa liberalization negotiations.

Georgia expects its visa-free regime with the EU to come into force by June. The European Commission has already proposed to the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament to lift visa requirements for Georgian citizens within six months.


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