Challenges for Georgia’s Visa Liberalization: Political Context and Statistics

Mariam Grigalashvili Mikheil Sarjveladze One year after the EU’s visa-free travel for Georgia went into force, visa liberalisation remains a hot topic in the country and abroad. The main challenge related to visa-free travel is the threat that the EU could suspend this regime, a possibility ...
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GIP Presents a New Policy Paper on Challenges for Georgia’s Visa Liberalization

On 20 April Georgian Institute of Politics presented a new policy paper – “Challenges for Georgia’s Visa Liberalization: Political Context and Statistics” by GIP policy analyst – Mariam Grigalashvili and GIP affiliated analyst – Mikheil Sarjveladze.  Policy pape...
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Threats to Georgia’s Visa-Free Regime: Perspectives from European Capitals

Casper Wuite Nearly one year ago, on March 28, 2017, Georgian citizens received the right to travel to the EU’s Schengen Area without a visa. Prior to granting visa-free travel, the EU put a suspension mechanism in place that would allow for visas to be reinstated under certain circumstances. ...
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Facing the Problem of Georgian Criminality in the EU

Jelger Groeneveld* For three months now Georgia has enjoyed visa-free travel to the European Union’s Schengen zone, a fact celebrated in Tbilisi as a major achievement of the country’s European integration ambitions. Since then, Georgian media sources have raved about the numbers of Georgians tr...
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Visa Liberalization for Georgia: What’s Next?

Giorgi Vardishvili, Elene Panchulidze On March 28, 2017 the visa-free regime for Georgian citizens to the Schengen Area officially entered into force. This was another historic decision on the road to Georgia’s homecoming, its final integration in the European family. The visa regime liberalizatio...
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Georgia and Germany in the Euro-Atlantic Space: Between Expectations and Reality

Mikheil Sarjveladze PhD student University of Cologne The combination of an uninformed society and emotional attitudes toward European integration is a bad one, and one that can result in wild public mood swings. Based on my observations, perceptions of European integration—particularly among memb...
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The EU’s Visa Suspension Mechanism Explained

Mariam Grigalashvili, PhD student of International Relations Tbilisi State University GIP Analyst  On Dec. 7, 2016, the European Council and European Parliament reached agreement on the visa liberalization suspension mechanism,...
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