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Moving towards visa liberalisation with Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia

The EU conducts ‘Visa Liberalisation Dialogues’ with three Eastern Partnership countries, namely Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia. Through these dialogues, the EU is taking gradual steps towards the long-term goal of visa-free travel on a case-by-case basis, provided that conditions for well-managed and secure mobility are in place.

These dialogues are built upon ‘Visa Liberalisation Action Plans’ (VLAP), which include four blocks of benchmarks related to document security, including biometrics; border management, migration and asylum; public order and security; and external relations and fundamental rights.

The benchmarks concern both the policy and institutional framework (legislation and planning).

The implementation of the Action Plans is closely monitored by the Commission through regular progress reports, which are transmitted to the European Parliament and the Council, and are publicly accessible. In addition, progress is monitored through regular meetings of senior ranking officials from DG HOME and the partner country.

Visa Liberalisation Dialogue and Progress reports on Moldova:  

  • The EU-Republic of Moldova Visa Liberalisation Dialogue was launched on 15 June 2010 and the VLAP was presented to the Moldovan authorities in January 2011.
  • the first Progress Report on Moldova was issued in September 2011
  • the second Progress Report on Moldova was issued in February 2012
  • the third Progress Report on Moldova was issued in June 2012
  • a Report on the Possible Migratory and Security Impacts of Future Visa Liberalisation for Moldova on the EU was issued in August 2012
  • the fourth Progress Report on Moldova was issued in June 2013
  • the fifth and final Progress Report on Moldova was issued in November 2013.
  • The Commission proposed on 27 November 2013 to allow visa-free travel to the Schengen area for Moldovan citizens holding a biometric passport. This proposal builds on the successful implementation by the Republic of Moldova of all the benchmarks set in its Visa Liberalisation Action Plan.

Visa Liberalisation Dialogue and Progress reports on Ukraine: 

  • The EU-Ukraine Visa Liberalisation Dialogue was launched on 29 October 2008 and the VLAP was presented to the Ukraine on 22 November 2010.
  • the first Progress Report on Ukraine was issued in September 2011
  • the second Progress Report on Ukraine was issued in February 2012
  • the third Progress report on Ukraine was issued in November 2013

Visa Liberalisation Dialogue and Progress report on Georgia: 

  • The EU-Georgia Visa Liberalisation Dialogue was launched on 4 June 2012 (IP/12/561) and the VLAP was presented to the Georgian authorities on 25 February 2013.
  • the first Progress Report on Georgia was published in November 2013

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