Round table and extracts from the joint press conference by Cecilia Malmström and Grigol Vashadze, Georgian Minister for Foreign Affairs, on the launch of the Visa Liberalisation Dialogue with Georgia
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 04/06/2012 First transmission: 04/06/2012
On 4 June 2012, Grigol Vashadze, Georgian Minister for Foreign Affairs, paid a visit to Cecilia Malmström, Member of the EC in charge of Home Affairs, in Brussels.
This visit officially started the dialogue about EU/Georgia visa free travel relations.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Joint arrival of Cecilia Malmström, Member of the EC in charge of Home Affairs, and Grigol Vashadze, Georgian Minister for Foreign Affairs
||Round table with Cecilia Malmström and Grigol Vashadze (3 shots)
||Arrival of Cecilia Malmström and Grigol Vashadze at the press briefing
||Soundbite by Cecilia Malmström (in ENGLISH): Today we are officially starting the EU/Georgia visa liberalisation dialogue. Closer cooperation and integration with the EU means more exchanges, more travelling, more people to people contact – not only between us- and I hope that the dialogue we that are launching today will benefit to all Georgian citizens that want to travel freely to Europe in the future.
||Cutaway of press
||Soundbite by Cecilia Malmström (in ENGLISH): The visa liberalisation dialogue is starting today and it will allow EU and Georgia to examine all the technical preconditions for lifting visa obligations for Georgian citizens who are already enjoying visa facilitation since a little bit more than a year. The dialogue will address areas directly to document's security, borders management, migration, mobility and asylum as well as other issues such as the fight against corruption, organized crime, protection of fundamental rights, minorities and anti-discrimination.
||Grigol Vashadze and Cecilia Malmström
||Soundbite by Grigol Vashadze (in ENGLISH): It is a huge achievement for my country, 14 months ago we have been standing here with Cecilia, announcing the start of visa facilitation and readmission for my country and I promised Commissioner Malmström that Georgia will pay outmost important attention to the readmission treaty and I am quite happy that the Commission is satisfied with the results we have achieved, 93% of applications being met.
||General view of the press briefing
||Soundbite by Grigol Vashadze (in ENGLISH): This is something that will give to Georgia nation and its citizen possibility to travel freely to Europe, to study here, to do business, to be a tourist, to visit France and relatives and to enjoy what we all marvel about Europe, those freedoms which bring quality of human life to just another level.
||Departure of Grigol Vashadze and Cecilia Malmström