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Delays in EU Visa Waiver Worry Georgia

Amidst objections from France, Germany and Italy, the European Union’s ambassadors on June 8 opted to postpone discussions about scrapping EU entry visas for Georgian citizens. Their second thoughts are causing concerns in Georgia, where the government has long touted visa-free travel to the EU as a major leap toward Tbilisi’s ultimate goal of Western integration.

Increased public wariness toward immigrants appears to be to blame for the EU dragging its feet on the visa liberalization plan, which has been plodding along through various EU structures.

France, Germany and Italy appear to be the main European opponents to the visa-liberalization plans for Georgia.

Politico reported in late April that Germany and France had crafted a proposal that argues that the  “current migration and refugee trends make it necessary to have an efficient mechanism in place to suspend visa liberalization.”

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Delays in EU Visa Waiver Worry Georgia

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