EU Ministers support visa-free travel for Georgians, give green light to new round of Action Plan assessment

The European Union is committed to the shared objective of visa-free travel for Georgia’s citizens provided the country meets the conditions for well-managed and secure mobility in line with its Action Plan on Visa Liberalisation. Meeting in the Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels today, EU foreign ministers welcomed the Commission’s second progress report of 29 October on the implementation of the Action Plan (AP).

Ministers also welcomed “the Commission’s assessment on possible migratory and security impacts on the EU of future visa liberalisation for Georgia,” the Council Conclusions said, and underlined its importance for the implementation of the AP.
Ministers shared analysis that Georgia has fulfilled all the benchmarks under the first phase of the Action Plan on Visa Liberalisation. They decided to launch the assessment of the benchmarks under the second phase, stressing “the need for full and effective implementation of all benchmarks under the second phase.”
The Council invited the Commission to continue supporting Georgia in implementing the Action Plan, as well as to continue reporting on the process, in particular by “updating the possible migratory and security impact, with a view to deciding on the fulfilment of all the benchmarks of the Action Plan on Visa Liberalisation."  (EU Neighbourhood Info
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EU Neighbourhood Info Centre webpage – Georgia
EU Delegation to Georgia
EU Cooperation – Georgia

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