EU opening up to Georgia
The European Commission has released a progress report on Georgia’s implementation of the action plan on visa liberalization with the EU, under which Georgia has met all necessary criteria. In early 2016, the amendments to the legal regulations related to the procedure of visa-free entry to the Schengen area will be introduced – reads the report. Now, it’s up to the EU member-states to make a final decision on liberalization of visa regime for Georgia.
While Georgia was waiting for the news from the European Commission (the report was expected to be published on 15 December), Russia unexpectedly expressed its readiness to cancel visa regime with Georgia. Negotiations of the EU-Georgia visa liberalization were launched in 2012. The action plan was introduced in 2013.
This is how Tbilisi celebrated the news: