Saakashvili: Georgia is ruled by 30-year people
Georgian leader Mikhail Saakashvili said that the current leaders of the country were able to make a "mental revolution" here.
According to news agency REGNUM, Saakashvili noted the youth of the ruling elite of Georgia in his speech at the International Forum of Young Leaders in Poland. "Most of those who first arrived in Georgia are surprised by the youth of our ministers and officials. Virtually, the country is ruled by 30 year old citizens. This is the result and the main driving force of what the magazine" The Economist" called "mental revolution" in Georgia" - he said.
According to the Georgian president, the reforms carried out by the present government of the republic, are example for most post-Soviet states.
He also once again confirmed the desire of Tbilisi to join the EU. "Georgia is not the EU member yet but we are fully aware that our prosperity depends on the revival of Europe, that our security rests on the commitment of Europe to international law and a stronger foreign policy, that we sit in the same boat where are you too"- said Mikheil Saakashvili.
Recall, recently, a simplified procedure for issuing visas to Georgian citizens by EU countries came into force. The agreement was signed between Georgia and EU countries in June 2010. The agreement however did not involve the United Kingdom, Denmark, Ireland, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
According to the document, the fees, associated with processing applications for visas for all citizens of Georgia, shall be reduced from 60 to 35 euros.
Simplified procedure for obtaining visas concerns 13 categories, including close relatives, members of official delegations, schoolchildren, university students, persons traveling for medical treatment or to visit the graves, journalists, businessmen, civil society members on their way to training workshops, seminars, conferences and others. Pensioners, children under 12 years old, students, journalists - a total of 12 categories of people - will be exempt from paying visa fees.