Georgia: one step closer to EU visa liberalisation
The Commission adopted today its second progress report on the implementation by Georgia of the Visa Liberalisation Action Plan (VLAP).
It concludes that Georgia meets the first-phase requirements of the visa dialogue. The second phase, where the Commission will be checking the implementation of all these benchmarks, can therefore be launched.
The Commission recommends to open negotiations on visa facilitation and readmission with Armenia and Azerbaijan
Today, the Commission has recommended that the Council opens negotiations with Armenia and Azerbaijan on agreements to facilitate the procedures for issuing short-stay visas as well as on readmission of irregular migrants.
The European Commission today started a dialogue on visa liberalisation with Georgia. The aim is to examine all the relevant conditions for visa-free travel of Georgian citizens to the EU. This fulfils the EU commitment to closer cooperation and increased mobility in a secure environment with its Eastern neighbours confirmed in the Warsaw Declaration of the Eastern Partnership summit in September 2011.
European Commission proposes to lift visa obligations for citizens of Georgia
Yesterday the European Commission proposed to the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament to lift visa requirements for the citizens of Georgia by transferring Georgia to the list of countries whose citizens can travel without a visa to the Schengen area. The proposal comes after the Commission gave a positive assessment last December, confirming that Georgia successfully met all benchmarks under the Visa Liberalisation Action Plan.
The movement of a person or a group of persons, either across an international border (international migration), or within a State (internal migration). It is a population movement, encompassing any kind of movement of people, whatever its length, composition and causes; it includes migration of refugees, displaced persons, economic migrants and persons moving for other purposes, including family reunification.
In the EU context, a broader-term of an immigration and emigration, i.e. the action by which a person either:
The European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) was developed to promote prosperity, stability and security within the EU's neighbours and to avoid new dividing lines between the enlarged EU and its neighbours. Home Affairs issues remain a priority.