LIBE Committee supported visa free regime for Georgian citizens

Published in Politics
Thursday, 12 January 2017 14:27

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.

Prime Minister Hopes All Visa Liberalization Procedures Will Be Finalized in Nearest Future

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Friday, 09 December 2016 15:56

I certainly hope that all visa liberalization procedures will be finalized in the nearest future, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili stated at today's government meeting.
The Head of Government welcomes the agreement on the so-called suspension mechanism, recently reached between the EU Council and the European Parliament, which, according to him, is the most important stage on the path to a final decision.
"We still have a number of procedures ahead, which is why we are passing through this process gradually, step by step, and I certainly hope that all relevant procedures will be finalized in the nearest future. Georgia has meet all benchmarks under the Visa Liberalization Action Plan. Of course, our friends in Brussels and European capitals are supporting us in this process," the Prime Minister stated, thanking them for their immense solidarity.
According to Giorgi Kvirikashvili, European integration is Georgia's top strategic priority.
"It is not just a foreign policy priority, but a priority that largely defines our domestic reform agenda in order to better the country's living standards and advance economic development to align it with the level befitting a European country and a true member state of the European family. Therefore, it is a major achievement. This process continues and will be finalized very soon," the Prime Minister pointed out.

Main reason for delay in granting visa-free regime for Georgia and Ukraine is the lack of agreement-Donald Tusk

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Wednesday, 07 December 2016 11:15

The governing institutions of the European Union and the Member States bear a serious political responsibility and should not lose the trust of Ukraine and Georgia regarding the speedy granting of visa-free regime to these countries.
This is stated in a letter of European Council President Donald Tusk to President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz, available to an Ukrinform correspondent in Brussels.
"We have made demands on our partners, who have paid a heavy price in carrying out painful reforms and even have been subjected to great political risk. They accepted these challenges, with a strong belief that the EU will be able to fulfill its own promises. Therefore, I want to reiterate that we may lose not only the social, political and economic interests, and not only the future of our relations with our neighbors, but, also and especially, trust," Tusk commented on the inadmissibility of delay in EU’s decision-making process regarding granting Ukraine and Georgia visa-free regime.
In his letter, the President of the European Council noted that the main reason for delay in granting visa-free regime for these two countries is the lack of agreement between the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union.

Lithuanian Parliament adopted a statement supporting visa liberalization of Georgia

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Thursday, 29 September 2016 11:46

The Foreign Affairs Committee of Lithuanian Parliament adopted a statement supporting visa liberalization of Georgia in which Lithuanian deputes call to EU Council and EU Parliament to make all the decisions as soon as possible Georgian people to be able to travel in Schengen Zone without visas.
According to the Foreign Ministry of Georgia, it is said that according European Commission, Georgia successfully implemented all the requirements for visa liberalization.
According to reports, Lithuanian Parliament calls to Slovakia as a Chairman country of European Council to make a decision as soon as possible.


Published in Politics
Thursday, 22 September 2016 10:50

H.E. Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia was once again reassured by H.E. Donald Tusk, President of the Council of Europe and Ms. Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy in the EU support of Visa Liberalization of Georgia at the meeting held in New York today.
Prime Minister thanked the EU officials for their contribution in the process of the country's European integration and noted that authorities welcome the most dynamic development of relations with EU in recent years. In his opinion, Georgia's European and Euro-Atlantic choice is irrevocable as confirmed and evidenced by the demonstrated commitment towards political association and economic integration of the country with EU, along with the effective implementation of the Association Agreement.
President of the Council of Europe and High Representative of EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy positively view the democratic reforms carried out in Georgia.
Discussion touched upon the General Elections of Georgia scheduled for October 2016. Prime Minister stressed that national authorities will ensure that they are held in compliance with international standards of democracy. Largest number of international observers are therefore invited to ensure the highest degree of transparency.

James Appathurai on LIBE Committee decision

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 06 September 2016 15:00

The International cooperators wait for high standard elections – this statement was made by the NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia James Appathurai. According to him, the visit of NATO Secretary General means this.
“The main massage of international cooperators is their support. They recognize the contribution which was made by Georgia including military involvement. They want to discuss the progress made in the frames of existing package. They wait for political discussions with President, Prime Minister, Parliament, Non Governmental Sector, Civic Society,”- James Appathurai said. 

Mikheil Janelidze comments on LIBE Committee decision

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 06 September 2016 14:35

The decision made by LIBE Committee confirms that the issue of visa liberalization of Georgia has been actively discussing in European Union –this statement was made by the Foreign Minister of Georgia Mikheil Janelidze.
According to him, Georgian side is waiting for positive decision from EU. Mikheil Janelidze hopes that the decision will be made before elections. He said that LIBE Committee supports the moves made by Georgian Government for visa free regime. 

LIBE Committee supported visa liberalization Legislative initiative of Georgia

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Tuesday, 06 September 2016 10:24

TBILISI, DFWatch–In a vote on Monday, a majority in the EU Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) supported giving visa-free access to the Schengen area for Georgian citizen.
44 voted for raising visa rules for Georgian citizens, while five voted against. Germany was among the countries that voiced strong reservations, according to Reuters.
It was Germany that took the initiative in June to put the brakes on further visa liberalization in the EU, after a migrant crisis brought more than a million people into Europe last year.
At the same meeting Monday, the “LIBE” committee also supported offering visa-free travel to citizens of Kosovo.
After the vote, the proposal still needs to go through further rounds of negotiations within the EU’s complicated decision-making procedures before a final decision can be made.
EU enlargement czar Johannes Hahn recently told Radio Liberty that he thinks this procedure may be completed in October or November.

Johannes Hahn hopes visa liberalization process will be completed in October

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Thursday, 14 July 2016 11:28

EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Johannes Hahn hopes that this process of visa liberalization will be completed in October. This statement was made by him today, at Hotel Hilton in Batumi, at 13th International Conference Georgia's European Way – Stability; Development; Diversity which was opened a few minutes ago.
"Georgia has complied with all the requirements that were necessary to get the visa free regime. This happened at the expense of the successful reforms the government of Georgia has implemented. I look forward to the day when the citizens of Georgia will be able to travel without visas in European Union. - said Johannes Hahn.

Foreign Relations Committee of European Parliament has supported the visa free regime for Georgia

Published in Politics
Thursday, 07 July 2016 15:07

The Foreign Relations Committee of European Parliament has supported the visa free regime for Georgia. The European Parliament has conducted voting on granting visa liberalization to Georgia, Ukraine and Kosovo recently.
According to reports, the voting result will be sent to the Committee of Equality and Justice. This committee is leading committee in term of visa liberalization issue. 

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