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Georgia to get visa-free access to the EU, MEPs and Council negotiators agree
09:13, 14 December 2016
Georgia to get visa-free access to the EU, MEPs and Council negotiators agree

Georgian citizens will have the right to travel to the Schengen area without a visa under an informal deal struck by Parliament and Council negotiators on Tuesday

09:13, 14 December 2016

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The European Parliament is entering the final phase towards visa exemption for Georgian citizens, reported by the EP official website

The deal still needs to be confirmed by member state representatives and endorsed by the Civil Liberties Committee and the Parliament as a whole, probably in January.

Member states had linked the proposal to exempt Georgia from visa requirements with the strengthening of the visa suspension mechanism. Parliament and the Council reached an agreement on this mechanism on 7 December, which will be put to a vote in plenary session on Thursday.

Related: European Parliament postponed visa-free regime consideration for Ukraine to February 1

At the request of MEPs, the Slovak Presidency promised to write to them by the end of this week confirming that the Council will now do its utmost to speed up the processing of the deal reached on Georgia.

The visa waiver for Georgia will enter into force on the same date as the review of the visa suspension mechanism.

Related: No political decision on visa-free regime for Ukraine yet, - Lithuanian MEP

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