Six years ago on June 27, Georgia signed the Association Agreement (AA) with the European Union in Brussels, which includes the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA).
Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani has tweeted:
On June 27, 2014 EU & Georgia signed Association Agreement - Georgia’s most significant international agreement putting it firmly and irreversibly on the path of European integration. Our commitment as strong as ever to keep effective and speedy implementation ????????@GakhariaGiorgi pic.twitter.com/RKC4ibAsod— David Zalkaliani (@DZalkaliani) June 27, 2020
Georgia began negotiating with the EU on its AA deal in July 2010; negotiations on the DCFTA started later in December 2011. The final deal was initialled at the Vilnius Summit in November 2013, when the negotiations had already ended.
Although the essential elements of the AA partially came into force from September 1, 2014, the agreement fully came into force on July 1, 2016 after the national parliaments of all EU member countries had ratified the agreement.