The recent delay in granting visa waivers to Georgia and Ukraine raises not only important concerns about the commitment of the European Union to its core values of free movement and integration but also about its internal transparency and the reliability of their legal agreements. Both Georgia and Ukraine have fulfilled their obligations and meet the criteria outlined by the European Union in order to obtain visa liberalizations.
LYMEC President Sissel Kvist and IFLRY President Pauline Kastermans jointly call upon the European Institutions: “This delay in the visa liberalization process is unacceptable. Georgians and Ukrainians deserve this new visa regime, having worked hard and committed living up to the requirements set by the EU. The EU has to stick to its promises, instead of pushing neighboring countries away. We are now facing a scenario where pro European-minded citizens in both Georgia and Ukraine could turn away and search for other alliance alternatives (e.g. Russia) if the EU does not immediately stop to maintain the image of being an unreliable partner.”