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EU to facilitate visa regime with Georgia2011-01-19 13:39
Agreements between Georgia and European Union on the visa regime facilitation and readmission are to come into force this March 1. The relevant documents execution procedure has been completed, Rosbalt reports.gt-en-newsitem-inside
As is known, negotiations between Tbilisi and Brussels started in 2008 and ended last year. An agreement on the visa regime facilitation was signed in summer and the readmission agreement was signed in November. Both agreements have been approved by European Parliament.
The visa regime facilitation procedure is going to be the same for Georgia as for Russia and Ukraine. The point at issue is the facilitation of the Shengen visas issuance procedure for a number of categories of Georgians including business representatives, journalists, state officials and students.
As a condition of the agreement signing, European Union demands simultaneous signing of a readmission agreement, i.e. the admission of illegal emigrants deported from EU and respectively possessing Georgian, Russian and Ukrainian citizenship. Basically, the readmission agreement is valid in both directions: EU countries also assume an obligation to admit Europeans deported from Georgia and illegally residing in this country; however, there are many doubts that the agreement will ever be applied in this way.
In summer, 30 Georgian citizens deported from Poland arrived in the Georgian capital. They penetrated the country's territory illegally and asked for a refugee status.
As was stated by Georgian Ambassador to Poland Konstantin Kavtaradze, these people were denied the status of refugees. On his part, Polish Ambassador to Georgia Ursula Doroshevska called on the citizens of the republic to avoid using illegal ways to get a refugee status, for the EU countries are currently facing an economic crisis.