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Simplification of Georgia-EU regime is procrastinated2010-06-21 15:02
According to David Jagalania, the deputy Foreign Minister of Georgia, said the simplification of visa regime between Georgia and the EU would turn valid after signing a number of agreements - GHN.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"Agreements on visa regime simplification and readmission must be signed in parallel regime, but Great Britain and Denmark refused to sign the agreement, but expressed readiness to cooperate in the frameworks of readmission," he said and explained the agreement would be signed in end 2010 or early 2011.
Only after these procedures the simplified visa regime would turn valid.
Past week in Brussels an agreement on simplification of procedure of issuing visas between Georgia and the EU was signed today in Brussels. The document was signed by Grigol Vashadze, the Foreign Minister of Georgia, Angel Moratinos, Spanish Foreign Minister [Spain is current EU chair country], and Cecilia Malmstrom, the EU Commissioner for Home Affairs - Georgia Times correspondent.
The agreement will turn valid together with the agreement on readmission after their ratification by the Parliament of Georgia and European Parliament.
The parties of the agreement from the EU side are all countries, except for Denmark and the UK.
This agreement implies cut of payment for visa submission for Georgian citizens: from EUR 60 to EUR 35. The procedure turns simpler for 22 categories of citizens; out of them 12 are freed from charge for submission, and for 13 documents, necessary to receive a visa, are defined individually. 11 categories will be able to receive a 1-year visa of multiple use in case they received at least one visa to EU countries, and used it in accordance with legislation. Later they'll be able to be issued multiple-use visas for a term of 2-5 years. Owners of diplomatic passports will have the right for a visa-free connection with agreement participant countries for 90 days.
The decision on issuing a visa will be made within 10 days from the day of submission. In separate cases the term can be extended to 30 days or cut to 2 days.