All the processes have been ongoing like it was planned-this statement was made by the Foreign Minister of Georgia, Mikheil Janelidze. He discussed the discussions about visa liberalization issue for Georgia in the Council of European Union.
“Firstly I should say that the process is too active. All the steps have been taken which were planned. This was one more working meeting in the framework of Visa Groups. This was closed meeting with main decisions. We continue working actively,”-Janelidze said.
Corresponding procedures on free visa mode with Europe are underway in the European Council and European parliament,- declared Georgian Minister of Foreign Affairs.
The EU Council will discuss Georgia’s visa liberalization issue on May 11. Meeting with Deputy Secretary General of European Council and Foreign Minister of Bulgaria was held in the Foreign Ministry. The sides have discussed the projects which are implementing with assistance of the Council of Europe.
Bulgaria supports Georgian visa liberalization process - the Bulgarian Foreign Minister, Daniel Mitov said today at the meeting of his counterpart Mikheil Janelidze. As he said, Georgia should continue the process of implementing reforms.
“We support Georgian visa liberalization process. Georgia should implement reforms according to the Action Plan. Georgia should continue to fulfill the terms and improve them. I think that this country should continue it’s work against organized crime, money laundering and corruption,”-the Foreign Minister of Bulgaria said. He also emphasized the importance of relations between the people.
The Council of the European Union will discuss the process of visa liberalization for Georgia on May, 11. According to the Foreign Ministry of Georgia, the issue will be discussed by the representatives of Justice and Interior Ministries of the member countries. The Foreign Minister of Georgia made comment about this issue.
“All the processes are underway in the all bodies: in European Parliament and European Council. The visa liberalization issue process is planned to discuss on May, 11. As we see, the steps are taken Georgia to receive visa free regime with European Union,”-Mikheil Janelidze said.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s parting of company with President has raised concerns from critics about increasing authoritarianism in the country. Davutoglu is seen in Europe as the more liberal face of the Turkish government. His announcement on Thursday that he is stepping down as leader of the ruling AK Party and therefore as prime minister is thought to be linked to disagreements over President Erdogan’s drive to create a more powerful executive role for himself.
In a speech defending his record but also vowing loyalty to Erdogan, Davutoglu said he had kept his party and the government intact during a tumultuous period and pledged that “strong” AKP government would continue. An extraordinary party congress to choose a replacement for Davutoglu will be held on May 22.“I am telling our members, up until today I was leading you. From now on, I am among you,” he said.
The Speaker, David Usupashvili serves the visit to Brussels. He held the meeting with the EP President, Martin Schulz.The parties discussed visa liberalization process, cooperation of Georgian and European Parliaments, Georgia-EU relations, upcoming Parliamentary elections, judicial system and media independence and freedom. After the meeting Mr. Usupashvili and Mr. Schulz held the joint press-conference.
“Once again, on behalf of the European Parliament, I have expressed interest to democratic and sustainable economic development of Georgia as of the reliable partner associated to EU. We had a very intensive conversation about the role of Georgia as the main player of EU in the region and agreed to maintain the close contact at the maximal extent”, - Mr. Schulz stated.
The Speaker thanked the EP President for his merit in productive cooperation of Georgia and EU. According to him, speaking about visa liberalization, the EP President once again confirmed that Georgia will not have to implement any additional obligations in this process. “I was glad to hear from Mr. Schulz that in visa liberalization process, no additional pre-conditions will be set for Georgia to implement. The process is on as it was planned”.
The parties noted that successful accomplishment of visa liberalization will be beneficial not only for Georgian citizens but with EU states as well. “We believe that this process will further go on unhindered and achievements of Georgian people and the Government will be recognized as we both understand importance of this process as it would be beneficial not only for Georgian citizens but for Europe as well. We underlined importance of friendly attitude of Georgia to EU in the region. It is important in economic, cultural and security terms”.
The Speaker noted that there are the issues being under discussion with EU. “Inasmuch as Georgia became associated with EU, it means that we have implemented our works. It means that we are on the right path and we still have much to do, including judicial reforms, attraction of investors with friendly environ etc. That’s why we want to be closer to EU to have constant discussions on the hereof issues”. The Speaker will leave Brussels with one more positive message for Georgia. The EP President will visit Georgia in the nearest future. “I am leaving Brussels with one more positive message, with new enthusiasm and I am glad that Mr. Schulz accepted our invitation and plans to visit Georgia in the nearest months. I believe that when you arrive, Mr. President, you will have good news from EP for us and we will also have lots of positive aspects to show”.
“EU Commission will present legislative changes about visa liberalization for Georgina in the nearest future,”- the Foreign Minister of Georgia, Mikheil Janelidze said today.
According to him, question about the success of the reforms does not exist. As he noted, there are no questions about visa liberalization issues too.
“The issue about visa liberalization for Georgia was decided while the Prime Minister visit in Brussels. EU Commission will present legislative changes about visa liberalization for Georgina in the nearest future. It was decided that this would happen in the weeks ahead, accordingly, we think that it will be implemented in the next few days ", - said Janelidze.