Georgia, EU to start visa-free movement talks next spring
Georgia, Tbilisi, November 16 / Trend, N. Kirtskhalia /
Georgia and the European Union (EU) next spring will begin talks over visa-free movement, Catherine Ashton, EU Commissar for foreign policy and security, reported at a joint press conference with Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili in Tbilisi today.
"We will start and continue discussions on this issue," she said.
For his part, the President of Georgia said "time will be needed" to get visa-free mode introduced.
"But of course, this agreement will not lead to a mass escape of citizens from the country unlike what happened in some other countries. Georgians will move abroad just to expand their outlooks but not forever as they prefer living at homeland," he said.
Saakashvili noted that between the EU and Georgia there is an excellent readmission agreement, which is a barrier for mass emigration.
At the same time, he noted that preferential visa-free regulations have already been in effect so a certain part of local citizens can move across Europe freely.