Zurab Pataradze congratulates Students on Visa Liberalization

EU officially opened the door for visa-free travel from Georgia on March 28. The Chairman of Ajara AR Government Zurab Pataradze met with Shota Rustaveli State University students, who were studying at European universities with International Education Programs. Minister of Education, Culture and Sport of Ajara Inga Shamilishvili, Deputy Minister Mirian Katamadze, lecturers involved in the exchange program ‘Erasmus+’ and foreigner students studying in Batumi attended the meeting. Students and lecturers shared their experience and impressions.

Zurab Pataradze congratulated them on enforcement of visa liberalization as the most important achievement of Georgia. He said that this is the most important fact on the way to Euro integration.

‘We have to continue reforms. Georgia must become the real member of European family. Georgia should continue coherent movement towards the EU and our government will do this with you, young generation,’ – the Chairman said and underlined the importance of Shota Rustaveli State University’s involvement with its international education programs.

‘Visa liberalization enables us to have more involvement with Europe, to be involved in various projects and further increase cultural-humanitarian, trade-economic relations. I visited mountainous Ajara yesterday where EU flags were waving. This is important, as many people were skeptical about this initiative, but our aspiration to Europe, led to positive results. Today, Georgians are allowed to travel in European countries using an ordinary passport and not diplomatic passport or visa. Visa-free travel will contribute to the intensification of relations. The participation of young people is very important, as we need educative and strong employees and you are people who will get European education and bring the maximum benefit to our country. I would like to ask you, who have already been in Europe, express more involvement, give more definitions of European prospects to other youth’, - Zurab Pataradze said.


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