Mariya Gabriel on LIBE Committee support to Georgia's visa free regime

Published in Politics
Thursday, 12 January 2017 14:55

“Greatly appreciate the support of LIBE Committee for Georgia's  Visa.Lib process-Thanks for twoday's voting”-this post was made by the Vice President of the EPPGroup Head of the Bulgarian EPP Delegation.
According to Mariya Gabriel, this is a signal that European Parliament continues supporting Georgia and it’s Government.
As you know, LIBE Committee supported visa liberalization of Georgia today. 

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    Georgian citizens will be able to enter the Schengen area without a visa for short stays, under a new law passed by Parliament on Thursday.


    The legislation still needs to be formally approved by the Council and will only enter into force once the visa suspension mechanism, which allows the temporary reintroduction of visas in the event of migration surges or risks to public security, is in place.

    Parliament´s rapporteur for the proposal, Mariya Gabriel (EPP, BG), acknowledged the “broad and complex reforms” carried out by Georgia in order to get the visa waiver and thanked the country's authorities and citizens for their consistency and patience. She also congratulated them on the strength of their democratic conviction and noted that the visa exemption brings the country closer to the EU.

    Under the visa exemption, endorsed in plenary by 553 votes to 66, with 28 abstentions, Georgians who hold a biometric passport will have the right to enter the EU visa-free for 90 days in any 180-day period, for business, tourist or family purposes, but not to work.

    Tbilisi has complied with all the benchmarks of its visa liberalisation plan, the text notes, underlining that “continuous fulfilment by Georgia of such criteria, especially on the fight against organised crime, will be duly monitored by the Commission”.

    The visa waivers apply to the Schengen area, which includes 22 EU member states (all except Ireland, the UK, Croatia, Cyprus, Romania and Bulgaria), plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

    Next steps

    The legal change transferring Georgia from the list of countries whose nationals need a visa to enter the EU (the “negative” list) to the list of countries exempted from this requirement (the “positive” list) will have now to be approved by the Council of Ministers. Following its formal signature, the text will be published in the EU Official Journal.

    The visa waiver for Georgia will enter into force on the same date as the revised visa suspension mechanism, approved by Parliament on 15 December but still pending finalisation of the official translation of the legal texts.

  • LIBE Committee supported visa free regime for Georgian citizens

    LIBE Committee supported visa free regime for Georgian citizens. 45 deputies participated in the voting. Only 2 detupies came against visa liberalization for Georgia. The Plenary session will hold in February.
    Coreper confirmed an achieved agreement with European Parliament at 13 of December, 2016. As it is reported, Georgian citizens will allowed in Schengen Zone without visas in the nearest future.

  • Visa Free regime for Georgia will not be discussed at EU Parliament's next session

    The issue of visa free regime with Ukraine and Georgia has not been approved in agenda of next European Parliament’s session which will be held at October, 24-27. Eurointegration.com.ua published this information.
    According to the newspaper, the evidence is the agenda, which is published on the website of the European Parliament.  The issue of visa free regime with Ukraine and Georgia has not been approved in a draft agenda.

  • Maria Gabriel comments on LIBE Committee decision

    According to the Member of the European Parliament Maria Gabriel, when the criteria are satisfied there is no reason for delay. As she noted, the European Parliament has voiced a strong message to Georgia.
    “By supporting Georgia the European Parliament has already voiced a strong message to Georgia. The next step is on European Council. We should begin negotiations this process to be ended soon. The position of mine is unchanged, when the criteria are satisfied there is no reason for delay,”-Maria Gabriela said. 

  • Davit Bakradze hopes that Georgia will get the visa free regime in the nearest future

    The State Minister for European and Euro Atlantic Integration of Georgia Davit Bakradze hopes that Georgia will get the visa free regime in the nearest future.
    According to Bakradze, Georgia is supported by all European Institutes in this issue.
    “It is important Georgia to have multi partial support. As we know practically all political parties supported us. I hope that Georgia will get the visa liberalization soon,”-the State Minister for Euro and Euro Atlantic Integration of Georgia said. 

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