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Mission Possible: Visa Free Europe for Georgia - In 2010, Georgia signed the Visa Facilitation and Readmission Agreement with the European Union. On 25 February 2013, Georgia officially received the Visa Liberalization Action Plan (VLAP), which consists of two phases: improving Georgian legislation and then implementing the legislation. On 8 May 2015, the European Commission published its third report on the implementation of the action plan which indicated that 7 out of the 15 requirements were fully met.

This visualization shows the long process of establishing a visa free regime with the EU and the progress that each of the six Eastern Partnership countries have made. - Establishing a visa free regime with the EU is a long process and can be divided into seven main stages. Of the six Eastern Partnership countries, only Moldova has succeeded at entering into a visa free regime with the EU (2014). It took Moldova seven years to complete all stages since signing the Visa Facilitation and Readmission Agreement (VFA) in 2007. For comparison, Georgia only signed the same document with the EU in June 2010. 

Eastern Partnership Visa Liberalisation Index
Eastern Partnership Visa Liberalisation Index is an independent assessment of visa facilitation/liberalisation process and  shows the progress made by all the Eastern Partnership countries on the way to visa free travel with the European Union. 

Timeline:
Chronology of major events in Georgia-EU visa liberalization path.

17 June, 2010 - Visa Facilitation and Readmission Agreement was signed between EU and Georgia. 

1 March 2011 - Georgia-EU visa facilitation agreement entered into force, the visa fee has been reduced from 60 to 35 euros and 12 categories were completely freed from the visa fee.

 June 4, 2012 - Georgia-EU dialogue on visa liberalization was opened.

February 25, 2013 - Visa Liberalization Action Plan (VLAP) was officially handed to Georgia.

On 15 November 2015, the European Commission released First progress report on Georgia’s implementation of the Visa Liberalisation Action Plan.

On 29 October 2014 - the European Commission adopted a progress report on the Georgia’s Visa Liberalisation Action Plan, according to which Georgia has complied with the requirements of the first phase. 
October 29, 2014 - Georgia has moved to the second phase of the Visa Liberalization Action Plan.
 
On 8 May 2015, the European Commission released third progress report on Georgia’s implementation of the Visa Liberalisation Action Plan. According to the report Georgia has successfully fulfilled 8 out of 15 requirement of the action plan.

In 2010, Georgia signed the Visa Facilitation and Readmission Agreement with the European Union. On 25 February 2013, Georgia officially received the Visa Liberalization Action Plan (VLAP), which consists of two phases: improving Georgian legislation and then implementing the legislation. On 8 May 2015, the European Commission published its third report on the implementation of the action plan which indicated that 7 out of the 15 requirements were fully met.

This visualization shows the long process of establishing a visa free regime with the EU and the progress that each of the six Eastern Partnership countries have made.

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