The visa-liberation report drafted by the Council of Europe (CoE), which should have revealed Georgia’s fate to the visa-free travel with the EU states, has been postponed, as it was planned to be revealed on December 15.
Visa-liberalisation report presentation postponed
By Gvantsa Gabekhadze
Wednesday, December 16
Georgia's Ambassador to the EU, Natalia Sabanadze, confirmed the postponement of the report.
As the Ambassador told Imedi TV, the postponement has nothing to do with Georgia.
"I have been officially informed that it was postponed for a few days, but I can also say officially that this has nothing to do with Georgia. Our report, as far as I know, will be positive in the end,” said Sabanadze.
According to European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, Johannes Hahn, the reports and recommendations on Georgia and Ukraine will be positive.
According to the Public Broadcaster, Hahn made the above-mentioned comment for reporters in Brussels at the EU foreign ministers ministerial.
"The reports and recommendations on Georgia and Ukraine will be positive and we will present them to the Member States, after which the Member States will make a decision. Most likely it will take a few months, but we are on a positive path,” said Hahn.
Before spreading the information over the putting off the event, the Georgian government allocated GEL 220 450 to celebrate the successful implementation of the visa liberalization action plan, -said the Prime Minister’s decree posted on the website of the Governmental Administration.
"The Ministry of Finance allocated 220 450 GEL to the Governmental Administration from the reserve fund to finance the celebration of the successful implementation of the visa liberalization action plan," says the decree signed by the Prime Minister.
It has been stressed that the reason of the postponement was technical rather than political.