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European Migrant Crisis will not Hamper Georgia’s Visa Liberalisation

The European migrant crisis will not hamper Georgia’s visa liberalisation pace, says a European Union (EU) envoy in Georgia.

Head of the EU Delegation to Georgia Janos Herman believed the migrant crisis would not be reflected on the country’s visa liberalisation process and said the EU would decide Georgia’s fate based on the achievements of the country and whether it fulfilled obligatory benchmarks.

“I am confident the migrant crisis that covered several EU countries will not affect this process,” Herman said.

“The EU does its best to develop a common policy to solve the problem but I think this will not be reflected on the EU’s work assessing Georgia’s achievements.”

EU experts are preparing a report about how Georgia fulfilled its obligations stated in the country’s Visa Liberalisation Action Plan (VLAP). The document will be ready by mid-December. At this time the EU will decide whether or not to grant Georgia visa free travel to the Schengen zone.