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EU Parliament's Committee Backs Visa-Free Regime With Georgia, Kosovo

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The European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs approved a visa-free travel deal with Georgia and Kosovo, according to the committee's press service.

BRUSSELS (Sputnik) — The European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs on Monday voted to support a visa-free travel deal with Georgia and Kosovo, the committee's press service said.

"#Visa waiver proposal for #Georgia backed by @EP_Justice 44/5/0 | @GabrielMariya," the committee said via its Twitter account.

​Also on Monday, the committee approved the same decision with regard to Kosovo by a slight majority.

​Brussels and Tbilisi signed the EU-Georgia Association Agreement on June 27, 2014. In March 2016, the European Commission proposed to lift visa regime for Georgian citizens.

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EU Parliament Committee Backs Visa-Free Travel for Ukraine, Georgia, Kosovo
In January 2012, visa liberalization talks with Kosovo were launched by the European Commission. In June 2012, the Commission prepared a roadmap for visa liberalization that identified legislation and institutional measures that Kosovo needed to implement in order for such a regime to be introduced.

On July 7, the European Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs also recommended to grant visa-free travel to the residents of Ukraine, Georgia and Kosovo.

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