The discussion on visa liberalization issue of Georgia will be discussed tomorrow at Foreign Affairs Committee of European Parliament. This information was published on the official web-page of EU Parliament.
According to the agenda, the reporter on Georgia’s visa liberalization issue will be Andrejs Mamikins. As you know, the reporter Maria Gabriel presented the report about Georgia’s visa liberalization in the Civil Liberties, Justice and Internal Affairs Committee of European Parliament and called on European Deputes to support the visa free regime for Georgia.
The issue of Georgia and Ukraine visa free regime will be granted at EU Ministerial by Estonian side. According to the Foreign Minister of Estonia, Marina Kaljurand, she will discuss this issue soon. This statement was made by her in the frames of meeting with her Ukrainian counterpart Pavel Klimkin.
As Foreign Minister of Estonia said, the west will decide to prolong sanctions against Russia.
The Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili to meet the German Chancellor Angela Merkel at June, 15. The visit of Prime Minister in German will hold at 15-16 June.
The sides will discuss a lot of issues including bilateral cooperation between Georgia and German, also the Euro Integration process of Georgia and the visa liberalization process. The joint press conference will be held after the meeting.
The Speaker, serving the visit to Germany, commented to media concerning the meeting of the Interior Ministers of EU member states on June 10 in Brussels and the expectations of the meeting. The meeting is important but not crucial, he stated.
“We will have lots of crucial days ahead, so tomorrow is not the last day. Moreover, we do not expect any concrete decisions from tomorrow’s meeting because the agreement intends to be that the early termination mechanism for visa liberalization developed by EU not only for Georgia but for any other country, shall be undertaken prior to endorsement of visa liberalization. So, tomorrow’s meeting is not an ordinary meeting but it is not crucial either. We shall not be either optimistic or pessimistic for tomorrow’s meeting”.
As he stated, today he was assured that visa liberalization will soon be solved. He elucidated that the issue of Georgian criminals is not related with visa liberalization.
“Today’s meetings with MPs, other influential competent persons once more assure us that we deal with protraction of the process and not with any graver issue. It means that the issue will be soon solved. Besides, Georgian criminals are put under exaggerated PR. It is the issue to be separately considered and discussed and it is and cannot be related to visa liberalization. And finally, soon Georgian PM plans to visit Germany. There will be other contacts and other concrete dates if the decision format will be known later”.
He is much hopeful after the visit to Germany for logical accomplishment of the process and that Georgia has a reliable partner – Germany.
“I cherish hopes that this process will come to the logical end and that Germany is our reliable partner and friend and if sometimes pace of our desires do not coincides – what we want to happen and when, it cannot put shade on our partnership on main strategic issues. All the parties realize necessity to accomplish the process before the Elections. Moreover, today at the meeting with our counterparts, almost all German MPs expressed solidarity, considering that it was not necessary to make much ado about nothing. It shall not put shade on our bilateral relations and relations with EU. Today, Germany appears to carry the heavier burden, so we shall maintain partnership regime”.
As he estimated: “If any issues are considered with Ukraine, I do not consider it as a threat but if Georgia encounters impediments due to Ukraine, Turkey or any other country, it will not be correct as vice versa, if any other countries encounter impediments due to Georgia. For instance, if Moldova is told that Georgia needs 1 year and Moldova is to wait too – it would not be right. So, we do not want other countries to be impeded”.
Georgian people highly relies on the decision of the Council of the European Union, scheduled for June 10, 2016 in Luxemburg, where the ministers of Justice and Home Affairs of the EU member states will make a decision on visa liberalization regime for Georgia.
Visa liberalization will enable Georgian citizens to travel freely in the Schengen area countries and will promote people to people contacts and bring Georgian citizens ever closer to the European values. Moreover, the decision is crucial shortly before the parliamentary election in Georgia to be held on October 8, 2016. The positive decision, on visa liberalization will strengthen Georgia’s commitment to European choice and will demonstrate to the citizens of Georgia tangible benefits of this choice.
According to the European Commission, Georgia has fully complied with the commitments of the Visa Liberalization Action Plan. Therefore, we call on the Ministers of Justice and Home Affairs of the EU member states:
- To take into account the Fourth Progress Report prepared by European Commission, dated December 18, 2015, and its recommendations on the abolition of short-term visas for Georgia.
- Not to delay a decision on lifting the visa requirements to the next meeting.
- To discuss the case of Georgia based on an individualized approach, taking into account Georgia's fulfillment of the visa liberalization requirements and commitments, Georgia's forthcoming parliamentary elections and the effect of growing Russian “soft power” pressure on Georgia's European choice.
- To conduct its decision-making process according to the requirements and methodology defined by the Visa Liberalization Action Plan.
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Georgia fulfilled all the conditions for visa-free regime and this country deserves visa liberalization with European Union. It is mentioned in the joint statement of Foreign Affairs Committee members of European Parliament after the meeting with the President of Georgia.
According to the statement, Georgia should receive visa liberalization soon. In addition the issue of Georgia should not be discussed with Ukraine, Kosovo and Turkey.
I hope that all the member countries of European Union will realize the results which may outcome the delayed process of visa liberalization for Georgia – This statement was made by the First Deputy Foreign Minister Davit Zalkaniani. According to him, the whole Georgian diplomatic resources are mobilized Georgia to receive positive decision, in the nearest future.
“We have too active communication with all the member countries of European Union including with Germany.
The Prime Minister of Georgia hold the discussion with Angela Merkel. I hope that all the member countries of European Union will realize the results which may outcome the delayed process of visa liberalization for Georgia. We are working in Tbilisi and in the capitals of European countries. The President of Georgia is in Strasbourg and Brussels and one of the main issues is the visa liberalization process. Davit Usupashvili is going to visit German too. Giorgi Kvirikashvili will also hold meeting. We need positive decision,”-Davit Zalkaniani.
Ukraine and Georgia had fulfilled all the obligations and the visa liberalization process should be successfully complete for these countries. This statement was made by the Prime Minister of Estonia, Taavi Rõivas after the meeting with the Latvian counterpart, Māris Kučinskis. This statement was published on the official web page of Estonian Government.
“Georgia and Ukraine had fulfilled all the obligations and these countries should receive visa free regime in the nearest future. This is the case of trust of EU and its authority,”- Taavi Rõivas said.
According to the Republican Party, ALDE Party adopted a special resolution about Georgia and Ukraine. As it is reported, the resolution calls on the EU institutions in time to take a decision on Georgia and Ukraine visa liberalization process.
"The resolution notes that Georgia and Ukraine have successfully carried out their commitments to EU. The delay in the decision could adversely affect the pro-Europeans Georgians and Ukrainians expectations towards the European Union ", - the party says.
According to them, the representative of the Republican Party Tamar Khidasheli said that it is essential to timely make decision about visa liberalization process. As she stated, the Georgian and Ukrainian people deserve a timely decision of the European Union.
Some EU countries wish the process of visa liberalization for Ukraine and Georgia be delayed- this statement was made by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland, Anna Fotyga.
According to her, the majority of members of European Parliament support visa liberalization for Ukraine and Georgia but no decision has yet taken.
“We support visa liberalization process for Georgia and Ukraine but we are waiting for the decision by EU Council. Some countries want to delay this process ", - said the MEP.