EC paves way for Georgia’s visa-free regime with EU

20:20, 09 March 2016

European Commissioner for migration, home affairs and citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos said the Commission adopted the legislative initiative to grant Georgia a visa-free regime with the European Union, an UNIAN correspondent in Brussels reports.

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“I am really pleased to announce that the European Commission has proposed to lift visa requirements  for the citizens of Georgia,” said Avramopoulos.

“What we actually propose today is to transfer Georgia to the list of countries whose citizens can travel without a visa to the Schengen area,” he said.

The official noted that it was not a "surprise" as Georgia "met all the benchmarks under the visa liberalization action plan.”

Read alsoEP President reflects on Ukraine, visa liberalization, future of EUAvramopoulos added that the legislative proposal will now be transmitted to the European Council and to the European Parliament.

“Once the proposal is adopted, Georgian citizens who have biometric passports will no longer require visas when they travel to the Schengen area for up to 90 days for business, tourist or family purposes,” he said.

Read alsoVisa liberalization for Ukraine and Georgia to be considered separatelyHowever, the Commissioner noted that visa exemption does not provide the right to work in the European Union.

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