EU Commissioner Hahn: no reason to suspend Georgia-EU visa free deal

European Commissioner Johannes Hahn says that the number of Georgian asylum seekers is not high enough to create any threats to the Georgia-EU visa free deal. Photo: moldova. org., 23 Jan 2019 - 14:46, Tbilisi,Georgia

European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn says that the Georgia-EU visa free deal is not at risk as there are no reason for the enactment of the suspension mechanism.

We make a report every year regarding visa liberalisation issues. The last report was made in December 2018. Of course, there are people who have no reason but seek political asylum in the EU [from Georgia]. However, the number of such people compared to the whole number of asylum seekers in the EU member states is insignificant,” Hahn said.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker stated yesterday that the EU is happy with the steps of the Georgian government which aim to decrease the number of Georgian asylum seekers abroad.

The Georgia-EU visa free deal came into play in March 2017 and more 300,00 people have already used the opportunity from Georgia.