1 October 2013
Tbilisi ESI at round table conference on "Prospects and Challenges of Visa Liberalization Process in Georgia"
Tbilisi. Photo: flickr/shioshvili
Tbilisi. Photo: flickr/shioshvili

ESI chairman Gerald Knaus and senior analyst Alexandra Stiglmayer were invited to a round table on "Prospects and Challenges of Visa Liberalization Process in Georgia" organised by the Georgian Institute for Strategic Studies (GISS) in cooperation with the Embassy of Lithuania to Georgia. The workshop was attended by high-level officials from the Georgian Government, Parliament, the EU Delegation, and experts from non-governmental organisations. Gerald and Alex talked about the experience of other countries, in the particular the Western Balkans in the EU's visa liberalisation process. The project objective is to establish a platform/network of interested parties to cooperate on issues related to visa liberalization and to encourage civil society engagement in the process.

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Alan Grant is an Irish photographer who travelled extensively in the Balkans and other countries and regions of the world. Thanks to him, ESI is able to show fascinating pictures of the Balkans: the facades of Tirana, the painted mosques of Travnik, the fabulous old houses of Plovdiv and the spectacular blue of water - dark in the Bay of Kotor, emerald in the river valleys of Bosnia, deep blue in Ohrid, twinkling in the Aegean Sea and on the Bosporus.

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