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Georgia: One Step Closer to EU Visa Liberalization Posted on: 15-11-2014

 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.

“I am pleased with the results of our assessment and would like to congratulate the Georgian authorities for their efforts. They have shown remarkable commitment by putting in place the required legislative changes. This is a significant achievement, an important step in the process that will bring Georgia closer to its goal of visa-free regime with the EU“, said Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström.

Since the last Commission report issued in November 2013 (IP/13/1085), Georgia has adopted laws in the fields of document security, asylum, anti-corruption and money-laundering, as well as other measures in order to address the identified gaps. Important changes made to the legal framework for the protection of personal data during the summer 2014 and the adoption and entry into force of an Anti-Discrimination Law in spring 2014 are also testimony to Georgia’s commitment to the Visa Liberalisation Dialogue. The Georgian authorities will be expected to continue working on these areas and the implementation of the new provisions will be further monitored as part of the second-phase benchmarks.

The Commission stands ready to provide assistance on the implementation of the legislative, policy and institutional framework.

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