The Commissioner of the European Union neighbourhood policy and enlargement Johannes Hahn commented on the issue of introduction of visa-free regime for Georgia, whose decision was postponed until the autumn, while in Batumi at the conference “Georgia’s European way — the stability, development and diversity”. He expressed hope that the issue will be resolved in October, reports “Georgia Online”.
“Georgia has fulfilled all the requirements that were necessary for visa liberalization. This is due to the successful reforms implemented by the government of Georgia. I look forward to the day when Georgian citizens will be able without a visa to go to EU. I hope that this process will be completed in October of the current year”, — quotes the official Agency.
July 1, entered into force the Association agreement of Georgia with the European Union.
In March the European Commission invited the European Council and the European Parliament to abolish the visa regime for Georgian citizens. In may Khan has expressed hope that the citizens of Georgia, Ukraine and Kosovo are able to travel without visas to EU in 2016.
However, in June The Wall Street Journal reported that the EU decided to postpone a decision on visa-free regime for a number of countries, including Georgia, at least until September. The cause of delay sources of publications in high-ranking European structures called Germany’s anxiety about Georgian organized crime, as well as concerns of France about the fact that the abolition of visas in a time of increased terrorist fears will make it even more vulnerable security system of the EU.