Tamar Khulordava: Visa Liberalization with EU is the particular achievement and outcome of 2017 on EU integration path of Georgia

28 Dec 2017
Tamar Khulordava: Visa Liberalization with EU is the particular achievement and outcome of 2017 on EU integration path of Georgia

Visa Liberalization with EU is the particular achievement and outcome of 2017 on EU integration path of Georgia.

8 months have passed since hereof decision has been effective and more than 170 000 Georgian citizens have already enjoyed this opportunity. The process is uninterrupted and we have practically no rejection cases of our citizens at the borders. And still, the political importance of this decision is immense. It is the strongest mean for enhancement of Georgia-EU links.

The European Commission has published the report on visa liberalization process on December 20 considering implementation of the measures necessary for visa liberalization by Balkan and EaP stated.

The report provides the positive estimation of the activity by Georgia noting that Georgia has revealed commitment to eliminate and combat the organized crime. The report underlined successful experience and outcomes of Georgia in combating corruption, as well as active cooperation with EU member states’ law-enforcement agencies to ensure security.

Georgia-EU cooperation on readmission is considered as the best model. The executive authority undertakes universal informative campaigns about visa free travel rules and assumes the greatest responsibility for uninterrupted travel to Schengen states.

The European Commission ensures monitoring on visa liberalization process and reports annually. Visa free regime was established with Montenegro, Serbia and Macedonia in 2009, with Albania and Bosnia Herzegovina in 2010, with Moldova in 2014 and with Georgia and Ukraine in 2017.