Georgia merits getting a visa free regime with EU, MEPs say 

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Georgia has met all EU visa liberalisation requirements, therefore it merits visa free regime as soon as possible and it should not be packed to other visa debates EU is having with Turkey, Ukraine or Kosovo, said Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs in Monday’s debate with Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili. They also called on Georgian authorities to ensure a smooth preparation for the parliamentary elections to be held on 8 October.

“Georgia clearly expresses its European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations [...] the vision, which is shared by different national political parties", stressed G. Margvelashvili during a debate on EU-Georgia relations. He assured Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs that his country is pursuing the reforms linked to implementation of free trade deal and Association agreement.

MEPs welcomed the efforts Georgian authorities are putting to get country closer to EU and called on Georgian President to get rid of still existing cases of selective justice, imprisonment of politicians and limitations to media freedom.

Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs also acknowledged that EU has to deliver on visa liberalisation for Georgian citizens as the country fulfilled all the requirements. EU visa free regime for Georgia should not be held a hostage of the other debates on Turkey, Ukraine or Kosovo, they said.

G. Margvelashvili informed MEPs about the preparations for parliamentary election to be held on 8 October, calling on international community to send the long term elections observation mission. MEPs expressed their hopes Georgia will manage to ensure a smooth electoral campaign without violence, suggesting Georgian political parties to sign a “no aggression act”.

You can watch the recording of the debate via Video on Demande (06-06-2016)