The second Joint Association Implementation Report on Georgia, released today by the European External Action Service and the European Commission, emphasises the progress that Georgia has made in the following areas: economic development, corruption and the fight against terrorism. The reforms that have been implemented are a result of the country’s aspirations of deeper economic and political integration with the EU.
The report covers seven areas and thoroughly evaluates Georgia’s recent achievements in a process of strengthening democracy and the Rule of Law, the macro-economic situation, energy efficiency and security policy.
“The European Union and Georgia have invested a lot in a strong partnership that is proving deeper day by day and that is bringing great benefits to our citizens. Today’s report demonstrates clear progress in Georgia’s reform agenda. The European Union will continue to support the work that has still to be done in several important areas and will stay committed to the thorough and continued implementation of our Association Agenda”, said the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini.
Though the document remained overall positive about the progress that has been made by this South-Caucasian country with regards to the Association Agreement signed between it and the EU, certain areas, such as Georgia’s high record of domestic violence and gender inequality, widespread child poverty and the limited employment opportunities, still require the government’s attention.
The EU-Georgia Association Agreement, aimed at deepening political and economic relations between the two sides, was signed in 2014 and came into force in 2016. The EU was Georgia’s largest trade partner in 2016 with a 30% share in its overall trade, whereas Georgia remains a strategic partner of the bloc in the region.