Georgia prepares to launch next phase of Visa Liberalisation Action Plan

  • European Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom met with Justice Minister Thea Tsulukiani in Brussels today., 17 Oct 2014 - 13:56, Tbilisi,Georgia

"Impressive” is how a European Commission official is describing Georgia’s judicial reforms and noted she was welcoming Georgia's implementation of phase two of the Visa Liberalisation Action Plan (VLAP).

European Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmstrom told Georgia’s Justice Minister Thea Tsulukiani her positive thoughts of the Justice Ministry’s reforms while meeting in Brussels.

Tsulukiani arrived in Brussels yesterday and delivered a speech at the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee about the changes implemented by her Ministry in the justice sector.

Afterwards Malmstrom thanked Tsulukiani for informing them about the reforms, as well as her personal efforts and the efforts of Georgia’s entire Justice Ministry to successfully complete the first phase of the VLAP.

It was stated one the meeting that the first phase of the VLAP would finish next month and Georgia would begin implementing the second phase after that.

She thanked Malmstrom and her cabinet for its support. She noted that the EU Commissioner’s efforts had given the Georgian Government an opportunity to sign the Association Agreement (AA) with the European Union (EU).

Malmstrom will hold her position as European Commissioner for Home Affairs until the end of October this year.

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