In order to ensure the effective implementation of the Association Programme and the Association Agreement, the Georgian Government prepares the National Action Plan every year, which is adopted by the Government Decree. The EIA consists of two parts, an opening analysis prepared internally by DG EPRS and an information document prepared externally by CEPS. The EIA was ready to accompany the European Parliament`s Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) in its examination, in particular in its work on the annual own-initiative report on the implementation of the EU Association Agreement with Georgia. Negotiations between Georgia and the EU on the Association Agreement officially started in 2010. On 27 June 2014, the Association Agreement between the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community and their Member States, of the one part, and Georgia, of the other part, was signed. With the signing of the Association Agreement, relations between the EU and Georgia have been taken to a qualitatively new level. The Association Agreement and access to the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) provide for far-reaching political and economic integration with the EU by significantly deepening political and economic relations and bringing Georgia closer to the EU. “The European Union and Georgia are close partners and friends. At our meeting today, the Prime Minister and I reaffirmed our determination to further deepen our cooperation on the basis of the ambitious Association Agreement and to take into account the strategic nature of Georgia`s political association and economic integration with the Union. The third meeting of the EU-Georgia Association Council took place on 2 December 2016. The Association Council welcomed the significant progress made in EU-Georgia relations since the previous Association Council. The agreement provides for visa waiver for EU citizens and Georgian citizens for a stay of 90 days over a period of 180 days.
It amends Regulation (EC) No 539/2001, which lists third countries whose nationals must be in possession of visas when crossing the external borders and whose nationals are exempt from that requirement. The European Implementation Assessment (EIA) assesses the implementation of the EU Association Agreement (EU AA), including the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA), with Georgia. This evaluation is an update of an evaluation published in July 2018 and therefore assesses the implementation of the EU-AA from mid-2018 to the present day. The EIA highlights the progress and pitfalls in the implementation of reforms in Georgia and underlines the importance of the upcoming parliamentary elections for the democratisation of this Eastern Partnership associative country. The EU supports Georgia`s quest for closer relations with the EU. The EU and the Georgian Government agreed to continue their efforts to further deepen Georgia`s political association and economic integration with the EU. The European Union is deeply concerned about the continuing tensions between Georgia and Russia and the recent incidents in South Ossetia, which do not contribute to stability and freedom of movement. The European Union is particularly concerned about the recent closure of the only recognized border crossing between Georgia and the Russian Federation. The European Union stresses the importance of ensuring the free movement of goods and people, in particular by keeping the Zemo Larsi border crossing open. — The EU and Georgia meet regularly to discuss issues and best practices in the implementation of the Agreement. The committees meet regularly.
The analysis of progress in the implementation of the EU-Georgia Association Agreement was prepared by Mr Michael Emerson and Dr Tinatin Akhvlediani of CEPS and is available on the European Parliament`s website. The Association Council welcomed the fact that the october parliamentary elections were competitive and well managed and that fundamental freedoms were generally respected. The Association Agreement, much of which entered into force provisionally in September, has been fully ratified by Georgia and all EU Member States.  On the 18th. In December 2014, the European Parliament approved the Association Agreement. MEPs supported the Treaty by 490 votes in favour, 76 against and 57 abstentions.  The agreement entered into force on July 1, 2016.  The agreement introduces a preferential trade regime – the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA). This regime improves market access between the EU and Georgia on the basis of more coordinated rules. The Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area has been provisionally applied since 1 September 2014. To improve their relations, the EU and Georgia have started negotiating an Association Agreement (AA) and a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement.
 In November 2012, Stefan Fule, European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, said that negotiations on the Association Agreement could be concluded by November 2013.  In February 2013, Tamar Beruchashvili, Georgia`s Deputy Minister of State for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, stated that Georgia had no intention of joining the customs union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia. , which Fule warned that Ukraine would be incompatible with agreements with the EU.  The Eastern Partnership Summit on 29 November 2013 hosted a ceremony to initial the Association Agreement by Georgian Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton.   It was officially signed on 27 June 2014 and was to be ratified by the EU, Euratom, their Member States and Georgia. A second agreement regulating the country`s participation in EU crisis management operations was also signed.  5th meeting – 17-18 December 2018: Agenda | Joint Report 6th meeting – 5-6 December 2019: Agenda | Joint report The Association Agreement could be divided into three parts: in addition, the EU and Georgia have agreed on an Association Agenda setting out a number of cooperation priorities that will ensure the implementation of the Association Agreement for the period 2017-2020. .