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Georgia and the EU

The European Union and Georgia enjoy a very close and positive relationship. The EU-Georgia Association Agreement entered into force in July 2016 and strives for political association and economic integration between the EU and Georgia. The EU and Georgia have also entered into a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), while Georgian citizens have benefitted from visa free travel to the Schengen area since 28 March 2017. The EU is Georgia's largest trading partner and provides over €100 million to Georgia annually in technical and financial assistance.

Partnership History

(Partnership and Cooperation Agreement - PCA)

 

Partnership History Intensive cooperation between the EU and Georgia has started after the European Union recognised Georgia's independence in 1992. 

Representatives of the EU Member States, the President of the European Commission and the President of Georgia signed the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) on 22 April 1996 in Luxembourg. The Agreement, entered into force in 1999. It covers wide range areas of cooperation in which the EU and Georgia undertake commitments to mutually work on achievement of political, economic and social goals. Although the PCA does not define criterias for mid and long term goals (EU accession criteria), it rather foresees continuous process of approximation and harmonisation with EU standards. The Agreement intends to enhance cooperation between Georgia and the EU and is based on existing historical links and shared values. 

 

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European Neighborhood Policy (ENP)

 

EU Assistance, 2001-2011  EU Assistance, 2001-2011   On 18 November 2002, the EU General Affairs and External Relations Council (GAERC) and on 12-13 December 2002, the Copenhagen European Council underlined the European Union's aspiration to take forward relations with its neighbours: Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, Southern Mediterranean countries and welcomed the intention of the Commission and the Secretary-General/High Representative to bring forward proposals to that end.

On 11 March 2003, the European Commission published the Communication to the Council and the European Parliament on "Wider Europe – Neighbourhood: A New Framework for Relations with our Eastern and Southern Neighbours". The Communication stated that the EU should aim to develop a zone of prosperity and a friendly neighbourhood – a "ring of friends" – with whom the EU will enjoy close, peaceful and co-operative relations. The document aimed at providing a framework for the development of the EU relations with the Southern Mediterranean countries, Russia and Western Newly Independent States (WNIS). In the framework of the "European Neighbourhood Initiative" a new policy is based on different approach according to depth of relations between the country and the European Union. 

 

For more information visit the following links:

1. The ENP: evolution and review

2. ENP 

3. Additional web site

 

Eastern Partnership

 

The Eastern Partnership (EaP) is a joint initiative involving the EU, its member states and 6 eastern European partners: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. 

It is based on a commitment to the principles of international law and fundamental values - democracy, the rule of law, human rights and fundamental freedoms. It also encompasses support for a market economy, sustainable development and good governance.

 

For more information about this cooperation mechanism, visit the following links: 1. or 2.