Annual Implementation Report On The Eu Association Agreement With Georgia

The analysis of progress in implementing the EU-Georgia Association Agreement was written by Michael Emerson and Dr Tinatin Akhvlediani of CEPS and is available on the European Parliament website. The report states that Georgia continues to face “significant external challenges”, in particular the deteriorating situation in its occupied regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali in South Ossetia and cyberattacks linked to Russian actors. A. whereas Georgia and the European Union, as associate partners, are committed to promoting political association and economic integration on the basis of common values and principles such as democracy, human rights and fundamental freedoms, the rule of law and good governance; whereas Georgian society continues to strongly support the country`s European aspirations and to move closer to the European Union, 11. recognises Georgia`s progress in reforms to strengthen democracy, the rule of law, human rights and fundamental freedoms, in particular the constitutional reforms implemented in 2018; calls on the Georgian Government to consolidate the rule of law and to pursue judicial reform, the fight against corruption and state intervention, public administration reform, decentralisation, good governance, implementation of anti-discrimination legislation and the provision of labour rights to promote further integration between Georgia and the EU; 5. Calls on the Commission to continuously look for ways to improve trade relations and provide technical assistance to Georgia and further strengthen economic integration by continuing to support the full implementation of the current ACFTA; 10. Reaffirms its support for Georgia`s living civil society and underlines the crucial role Georgia plays in establishing democratic control and monitoring the implementation of AAA and ACFTA; calls on the Georgian government and parliament to put in place formal mechanisms for civil society participation in the political process; calls on the Commission and Member States to provide political, technical and financial support to civil society activities; calls on the Georgian authorities to set up national support programmes, in addition to civil society assistance programmes set up by the European Union and the international donor community; The EU remains Georgia`s unwavering support for ensuring respect for its sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders and the fundamental rights of its people,” the report says.