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EU Official Says Visa-Free Travel For Georgians By October

EU Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Commissioner Johannes Hahn (file photo)

The EU official responsible for the bloc's enlargement says that Georgian citizens should be able to travel to Europe without a visa by October.

Johannes Hahn, the European Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, said in the Georgian resort city of Batumi on July 14 that Georgia has made the reforms and "complied with all the terms necessary for visa liberalization."

Speaking at an international conference, Georgia's European Way, Hahn said he was "looking forward" to the day when Georgians could visit EU member states without a visa.

He said the EU formalities and other processes should be finished by October.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on July 1 that Georgians should have visa-free travel to the EU by the second half of September.

Hahn is scheduled to meet with Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili, Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili, and Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze during his visit.

With reporting by Interfax