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PM Kvirikashvili: European spirit is stronger in Georgia today than anywhere else

27 Feb 2017 - 17:57:00

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Agenda.ge,27 Feb 2017 - 17:57, Tbilisi,Georgia

The European Union has announced that a regulation lifting visa-requirements for Georgian citizens travelling to Europe has been adopted today.

Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili believes that today's decision proves the EU is a reliable partner.

This result proves that the European Union does come through with its promises. Today, the European spirit is stronger in Georgia than anywhere else. The European idea triumphs in Georgia as nowhere else”, the Prime Minister said at today’s press conference together with EU Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs Dimitris Avramopoulos.

The importance of a unified Europe and its common foreign, security and economic policies is embraced in Georgia stronger than anywhere else. My fellow compatriots, I congratulate you on this day! I also congratulate Europe because Georgia, as an integral part of European civilization, has come even closer today to its European family”, he said.

Today’s adoption of the new regulation was the final approval of a visa waiver for Georgians travelling to Europe. The regulation will now be formally signed by the European Parliament President and a representative of the EU Council Presidency, currently held by Malta, on March 1.

The decision will be published in several days time in the EU’s official journal. 20 days later Georgians with biometric passports will be able to travel to the Schengen states for a period of 90 days within any 180-day time period for purposes other than working.

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