The Association Agreement, much of which entered into force provisionally in September, has been fully ratified by Georgia and all EU Member States.  On 18 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 EIA consists of two parts, an in-house openness analysis by DG EPRS and an externally prepared information document by CEPS. The EIA was ready to support the European Parliament`s Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) in its monitoring work. H. in its work on the annual implementation report of the EU Association Agreement initiative with Georgia. The EU and Georgia meet regularly to discuss issues and best practices in the implementation of the agreement. The committees meet regularly. The European Implementation Assessment (EIA) assesses the implementation of the EU Association Agreement (EAA), including the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement with Georgia. This assessment is an update of an assessment published in July 2018 and therefore assesses the implementation of EU AA from mid-2018 to date.
The EIA highlights the progress and pitfalls in implementing reforms in Georgia and underlines the importance of the upcoming parliamentary elections for the democratisation of this Eastern Partnership Association Country. The analysis of progress in the implementation of the EU-Georgia Association Agreement was written by Michael Emerson and Dr Tinatin Akhvlediani of CEPS and is available on the European Parliament`s website. 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 free movement. The European Union is particularly concerned about the recent closure of the only recognized border crossing point 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 point open. –  The agreement establishes a preferential trade regime – the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA). This regime improves market access between the EU and Georgia, based on better coordinated rules. The DCFTA has been applied provisionally since 1 September 2014. In order to improve their relations, the EU and Georgia have started negotiations for 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 AA could be completed by November 2013.
 In February 2013, Tamar Beruchashvili, Georgia`s Deputy Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, stated that Georgia had no intention of joining the customs union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia, where Fule warned that Ukraine would be incompatible with agreements with the EU.  The Eastern Partnership Summit on 29 November 2013 held a para-opening ceremony for the AA by Georgian Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton.   It was adopted on 27 The EU, Euratom, its Member States and Georgia were formally signed on 16 June 2014 and had to be ratified by the EU, Euratom, its Member States and Georgia. . . .