Georgia is returning to the European family

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Tuesday, 28 March 2017 11:15

Georgia is returning to the European family-starting March 28, 2017, Georgia's citizens will enjoy visa-free travel in the EU/Schengen Area. In relation to the historic of fact of visa waiver, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili, in the company of Georgian students, scientists, media representatives, and members of the Government, will travel visa-free on March 28 from Tbilisi Shota Rustaveli International Airport to Athens, the capital of an ancient civilization, followed by Brussels, Europe's political center.
On March 28, the Prime Minister will open the Georgia-from Europe to Europe conference at the Kapodistrian University of Athens, attended by Georgian and Greek professors, students, and scholars.
Giorgi Kvirikashvili will holdGeorgia is returning to the European family-starting March 28, 2017, Georgia's citizens will enjoy visa-free travel in the EU/Schengen Area.
In relation to the historic fact of visa waiver, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili, in the company of Georgian students, scientists, media representatives, and members of the Government, will travel visa-free on March 28 from Tbilisi Shota Rustaveli International Airport to Athens, the capital of an ancient civilization, followed by Brussels, Europe's political center.
On March 28, the Prime Minister will open the Georgia-from Europe to Europe conference at the Kapodistrian University of Athens, attended by Georgian and Greek professors, students, and scholars.
Giorgi Kvirikashvili will hold a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, followed by a joint statement of the Prime Ministers. Together with students and scholars, the Prime Minister will visit the Acropolis of Athens. On the same day, the Georgian delegation will travel to Brussels where the Head of Georgian Government will hold bilateral meetings with President Donald Tusk of the European Council and President Jean-Claude Juncker of the European Commission. The parties will make joint statements.
On behalf of the Government of Georgia, a festive reception will be held in Brussels to honor representatives of the EU institutions.
The Georgian delegation consists of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education and Science Alexandre Jejelava, Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze, State Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Victor Dolidze, Chair of Parliamentary Committee for European Integration Tamar Khulordava, Chair of the Committee for Foreign Relations Sopio Katsarava, Rector of the Tbilisi State University Gia Sharvashidze, associate Professor Irina Darchia (Department of Classical Philology at the Modern Greek Studies Institute), Archeologist Davit Lortkipanidze (Director General at the Georgian National Museum), Associate Professor Levan Gigineishvili, PhD in Philology (Ilia State University), author Zurab Karumidze, IDU (International Education Center) scholarship holders, Startup Georgia beneficiaries, successful new Greek studies and classical philology students of the Humanities Department at the Tbilisi State University, young people financed under the Produce in Georgia program, successful IDP students from Georgia's occupied territories, socially vulnerable students, and ethnic minority students. a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, followed by a joint statement of the Prime Ministers. Together with students and scholars, the Prime Minister will visit the Acropolis of Athens. On the same day, the Georgian delegation will travel to Brussels where the Head of Georgian Government will hold bilateral meetings with President Donald Tusk of the European Council and President Jean-Claude Juncker of the European Commission. The parties will make joint statements. On behalf of the Government of Georgia, a festive reception will be held in Brussels to honor representatives of the EU institutions.


The Georgian delegation consists of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education and Science Alexandre Jejelava, Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze, State Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Victor Dolidze, Chair of Parliamentary Committee for European Integration Tamar Khulordava, Chair of the Committee for Foreign Relations Sopio Katsarava, Rector of the Tbilisi State University Gia Sharvashidze, associate Professor Irina Darchia (Department of Classical Philology at the Modern Greek Studies Institute), Archeologist Davit Lortkipanidze (Director General at the Georgian National Museum), Associate Professor Levan Gigineishvili, PhD in Philology (Ilia State University), author Zurab Karumidze, IDU (International Education Center) scholarship holders, Startup Georgia beneficiaries, successful new Greek studies and classical philology students of the Humanities Department at the Tbilisi State University, young people financed under the Produce in Georgia program, successful IDP students from Georgia's occupied territories, socially vulnerable students, and ethnic minority students.

The EU just agreed to grant visa-free travel to 50 million people

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Thursday, 08 December 2016 14:04

The EU has agreed to grant visa-free travel to 50 million Ukrainians and Georgians. Officials said the deal had been struck on Thursday to end an internal EU dispute that had been holding up the promised measures. Late-night talks involving EU member states and the European Parliament had reached a compromise on the terms of a mechanism which can be used to suspend the visa-free schemes in emergencies.
The European Commission and the bloc's 28 members will be able to reimpose visa requirements more quickly and more easily under a compromise deal under fears over immigration and terrorism. The deal on visa suspension must still be formally approved by the member states and the European Parliament.
The deal struck between the European Parliament and the member states "will facilitate the immediate consideration of the two visa liberalisation proposals for Georgia and Ukraine," MEP Agustin Diaz de Mera said. Under the deal, visa requirements may be reintroduced if there is a surge of citizens from a non-EU country such as Ukraine or Georgia staying irregularly in EU territory.
They can also be reintroduced if there is a rise in unfounded asylum applications, or a lack of cooperation on returning migrants, or if nationals are deemed to pose a security threat.
"This agreement is balanced, and is extremely important for both the effectiveness and credibility of the union's visa liberalisation policy," Slovak Interior Minister Robert Kalinak said.
"The current suspension mechanism is not adequate and will now be improved," following the deal, said Mr Kalinak, whose country holds the rotating EU presidency.
"The fact that we have reached an agreement should open the door to further progress on visa liberalisation talks with other countries that meet all the necessary requirements," he added.he two former Soviet republics are seeking to move further away from their former master Moscow and closer to the West. However, they have grown frustrated that the EU was failing to deliver. 
After last year's refugee crisis, EU governments had grown nervous of the popular reaction led by anti-immigration parties against a move to make visits easier for 45 million Ukrainians, as well as 5 million Georgians.
Allowing them to travel into Europe's Schengen zone without applying in advance for visas was an important incentive for people there to accept hard reforms from the governments in Kiev and Tbilisi as they sought closer relations with the EU.
Earlier this week, the head of the European Council said the EU was putting its credibility and reputation at risk by letting internal political wrangling stall the promised easing of visa requirements. 
In a letter sent to European Parliament President Martin Schulz on Tuesday and seen by Reuters, Donald Tusk urged the legislature to compromise with national governments to unblock visa liberalisation.
"At stake here are the legitimate hopes and aspirations of the nations who are our neighbours, as well as the reputation of the European Union, which has categorically and repeatedly committed itself to the issue," the former Polish premier wrote.
"Even though all the parties in this debate have their own good arguments and undoubtedly good will, it seems we are getting close to squandering our joint efforts," he added, saying failure to deliver would be "an unforgivable mistake".
source: Independent

Abolishing visas for Ukraine and Georgia is postponed

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Tuesday, 29 November 2016 15:16

Despite all the allegations and suggestions, Ukraine and Georgia hasn't obtained the EU visa-free regime so far. The date of abolishing visas has been postponed many times, and yet we still we don't know when will the Ukrainians start travelling Europe freely. According to the latest news, the EU officials fail to approve the necessary suspension mechanism by the end of 2016, so abolishing visas for Ukraine and Georgia is likely to be postponed again - at least until summer 2017, just after holding crucial presidential elections in France. 

EU Commission report on Georgia’s implementation of the VLAP

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Monday, 18 January 2016 16:45

The European Commission published its fourth and final progress report on Georgia's implementation of the Visa Liberalisation Action Plan. According to the European Commission, Georgia met all the benchmarks set in respect of the four blocks of the second phase of the VLAP, which means that the technical part of the process of visa liberalisation has been successfully accomplished.
We congratulate each and every citizen of Georgia on this success achieved on the path towards European integration, which has resulted from the concerted efforts of various state agencies, as well as from the substantial reforms that have been implemented in the country, and express our appreciation to every state agency involved in the visa liberalisation process.
Upon completion of all procedures identified under the European Commission's Report, Georgian nationals will be able to enter the EU/Schengen area without applying for a visa. Taking into account overall relations between the EU and Georgia, the Commission will present, early 2016, a legislative proposal to amend Regulation (EC) No 539/2001. Once the amendments enter into force, Georgian nationals will be granted visa-free travel regime to the Schengen area.
The European Commission acknowledges that Georgia has carried out far-reaching and difficult reforms in such areas as the rule of law and justice. The Report further reads that beyond VLAP benchmarks, Georgia took further steps to reform the Judiciary as well as the Prosecutor's Office.
The European Commission considers that the reforms Georgia has carried out over the past three years in all areas under the VLAP are steady and effective. It demonstrates the commitment and constant efforts of the Georgian Government and all state institutions that have made fulfilment of the VLAP benchmarks a top national priority.
According to the European Commission, since the adoption of the last progress report on Georgia's implementation of the VLAP on 8 May 2015, Georgia has made significant progress and has undertaken all the required reforms to ensure effective and sustainable achievement of the remaining benchmarks. The Report underlines that the legislative and policy framework, the institutional and organisational principles, and the implementation of procedures throughout the four blocks comply with European and international standards.
According to the VLAP, a series of legislative and institutional reforms have been carried out in the following areas:
document security;
border management, migration management and asylum;
public order and security (fight against organized crime, corruption, trafficking, money laundering, drugs, Judicial and law enforcement co-operation, personal data protection;
protection of human rights, including minority rights;
The most important reforms carried out under the VLAP were as follows:
creation of the State Commission on Migration Issues of Georgia and implementation of the Migration Strategy and Action Plan; establishment of a unified system of migration risk analysis;
adoption of the Law on Protection of Personal Data and establishment of the mechanism of the Personal Data Protection Inspector;
adoption and implementation of the Law on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination;
adoption and implementation of the National Strategy and Action Plan on Human Rights;
adoption of a new Law on Civil Service, providing for high international standards in the civil service;
creation of the Labour Inspection Department;
distinction between the criminal liability for drug possession and distribution;
establishment of the mechanism of regular monitoring of the asset declarations, etc.
In compliance with the VLAP requirements, more than 60 law amendments and about 70 statutory acts, instructions, regulations and 9 national strategies were adopted; 7 international conventions were ratified. Besides, new structural units were established, new services were introduced, mechanisms were developed and information campaigns in VLAP defined directions were launched.
In the VLAP implementation process 22 EU assessment Missions were carried out in 13 VLAP defined directions. The European Commission issued 4 reports, including the final published as of today.
It is worth noting that Georgia achieved the progress in the shortest period of time, taking into account the fact that Georgia officially moved to the second phase of the VLAP in November 2014.
The European Commission's report and such a positive assessment of Georgia's tremendous efforts is one of the most important successful steps of our Government towards Georgia's European integration.

Probable date for Visa-free travel

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Monday, 11 January 2016 10:10

 

European Integration Minister names the probable date for visa liberalization. As Davit Bakradze stated the Georgian government is waiting for the simplification of travelling in Schengen zone for the summer.
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Now it is up to Brussels, Parliament, EU Council and EU Parliament should discuss this issue and take a decision. I think that this issue will be solved in summer,"-said David Bakradze.
Georgia received positive political and technical rate in 19th of December. Now the most important level is positive decision from EU Parliament and EU Council. 

Georgia will have simplified Visa Regime with Russia from Today

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Wednesday, 23 December 2015 11:18

According to the decision of Government of Russian Federation, Georgia will have simplified visa regime with Russia started from today.

The special representative of Georgian Prime Minister on issues of cooperation with Russia, Zurab Abashidze said, that the talks are about work, private, study and humanitarian visa.

Zurab Abashidze and deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russian Federation, Grigory Karasin had a talk by telephone too. 

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