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EU and Georgia to sign Mobility Partnership declaration2009-11-30 12:11
Today Georgi Baramidze, the State Minister for European and Atlantic Integration of Georgia, departs for Brussels to sign the Mobility partnership declaration, his press office stated.gt-en-newsitem-inside
Baramidze will ink it from the Georgian side; The Minister of migration Policy of Sweden, the European Commission Vice President, and the ministers of 16 EU member countries, participating in the project, will sign the declaration from the EU side.
The initiative implies legal movement of Georgian citizens in the EU.
Due to "circular migration" citizens of Georgia will be granted possibility to be employed in the EU legally for some period - 4-6 years. Opportunities for education and training are also mentioned.
After the aforesaid period the citizens must return and be re-integrated in Georgia.
The initiative will favor establishment of close relations with Georgian diaspora and struggle against the illegal migration.
For the first time the EU expressed readiness to favor legal employment of Georgian citizens in the EU countries. The successful implementation of the initiative will be a pre-requisite of visa-free regime between Georgia and the EU.
The Mobility Partnership initiative is being implemented by the EU only with Georgia and Moldova.