Discussion on the post visa-free agenda of the EaP countries


Europe without Barriers invites participants of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum Annual Assembly in Tbilisi to the side event “Post visa-free agenda of the EaP countries for better civil society cooperation in justice, freedom and security” that is to be held on December 11 at 20:30 at the Radisson Blue Iveria Hotel (1 Rose Revolution square).

The event will focus on the achievements and challenges, lessons learned during the visa liberalization process and discussion on how to strengthen the civil society efforts to make the reforms in justice, freedom and security stable and to provide effective implementation the criteria under post liberalization monitoring in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The discussion will be interactive with focused presentations by experts, followed by a Q&A with the audience. The speakers will cover the following key issues:

  • What are the main opportunities and challenges of Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine after visa liberalization?
  • How should the civil society support the reforms envisaged by Association Agreement and originated from Action Plan on visa liberalization?
  • How effective do the countries meet the criteria of suspension mechanism?
  • Since the process of visa liberalization was accomplished, what could be a logical extension of the idea of abolishing visa barriers with the EU?


Alexandra STIGLMAYER, European Stability Initiative (Brussels-Berlin)

Gogita GVEDASHVILI, Georgian Center for Security and Development (Georgia)

Iulian GROZA, Institute for European Policies and Reforms (Moldova)

Iryna SUSHKO, Civic Organization “Europe without Barriers” (Ukraine)


Krzysztof MROZEK, Stefan Batory Foundation (Poland)

Further reading:

Ukraine’s Performance Under the Criteria of EU’s Visa Waiver Suspension Mechanism

Media Portrayal of Political Evaluation towards Visa-free Regime with Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova

Visa-free whip. Prospects of preserving a visa-free regime for Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia

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