5 May 2010
Enhancing EU-Georgia relations. That is the scope of the proposals put forward today by the European Commission, on visa facilitation and readmission agreements between Georgia and the EU.
The draft agreements would make it easier for Georgian citizens to apply for visas; they make procedures faster, reduce paperwork and lower visa fees. At the same time, the readmission agreement would ensure the return of those who stay illegally in the EU.
"This is a way for the EU to reduce barriers to its neighbouring countries. I support visa facilitation for Georgia and I hope these agreements will result in bringing people closer to one another", said Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström.
Before the visa facilitation and readmission agreements can be implemented, they need to be endorsed European Parliament and the Council.
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