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Wednesday, February 21
226 thousand Georgians enjoyed Visa Free since its activation

More than 226,000 Georgian citizens enjoyed visa liberalization since March 2017, while 767 were denied entry in the EU’s Schengen Zone.

Exact number of citizens who have overstayed in the Schengen zone is yet not available for the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

The data cannot be considered as an indicator only of a number of people who violated the terms and conditions of the visa-free policies in the Schengen Area or overstayed in the EU. It also includes people with pre-assigned long-term visas (for example, training, working, medical, etc.), those who have already had the dual citizenship of the European Union or have the right to be resident in advance, who have legalized the long stay in the Schengen Area and have received relevant documents, people who have not returned to Georgia within 90 days after leaving for the EU but have moved to third countries, " the Ministry of Internal Affairs said.

The previous official data reads that the number of Georgian citizens who violated the visa-free terms is up to 10,000.

Tbilisi City Hall Opens Tender for Underground Parking in Central Tbilisi

The mayor of Tbilisi, Kakha Kaladze stated that his office has announced a tender to arrange the underground parking in central Tbilisi, near the Tbilisi Grand Concert Hall on the Melikishvili Street.

“Private companies will be able to get involved in the tender within 60 days. The companies will receive all the necessary documentation about the project. They will have time to study the documentation provided by us and then they will need to carry out technical-economic (feasibility) studies. The project will be carried out, in case these studies will be identified as expedient,” Kaladze said.

He also noted that 5% of the spots in the parking zone should be arranged for electric vehicles, provided with special chargers.

The Mayor said the parking area should room about 180 cars, and construction works will be carried out through private investments, which will amount to 3 million GEL or more.
(Prepared by Mariam Chanishvili)