Bundestag President says Germany welcomes Georgia’s visa-free travel to EU

Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili (L) met President of the Bundestag of Germany’s Federal Republic Norbert Lammert. Photo by Prime Minister’s webpage.
Agenda.ge, 15 Jun 2016 - 16:31, Tbilisi,Georgia

Today Georgia’s Prime Minister has met President of the German Bundestag (the national Parliament of Germany) Norbert Lammert in Germany.

The two top officials spoke about Georgia-Germany bilateral relations, the importance of Georgia’s democratic reforms, Georgia’s visa liberalisation process with the European Union (EU) and the country’s general Euro-Atlantic intentions.

Lammert stressed Germany "welcomed” Georgia’s success in terms of gaining a visa-free travel regime to the EU’s Schengen Zone, and he praised the work carried out through the Georgia-EU Association Agreement and the country’s democratic reforms. 

Germany was one of three countries that went against Georgia’s visa- free travel in the EU.  Foreign media reported crimes committed by Georgian nationals in Germany, mainly robberies and burglaries, was the reason of the last-minute refusal, as well as the current migrant crises in Europe.

 Germany was supported by Belgium and France in the refusal.

Discussing of Georgia’s visa liberalisation issues in the Council  and Parliament of Europe was postponed until September 2016.  Georgia has already deserved high assessments from the European Commission, which said the country met all the obligations for the visa-free travel. 

At the meeting Prime Minister Kvirikashvili said his country was eager to enhance ties with Germany.

Today and tomorrow Georgia’s PM will be in Germany on official business, holding high level meetings with German officials.

PM Kvirikashvili was accompanied to Germany by the Georgian delegation involving the country’s Foreign Minister and Minister of Internal Affairs.