Eu Georgia Association Agreement Implementation Report

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. Welcome the European Parliament`s report on Georgia`s implementation of the Association Agreement. I welcome Georgia`s strong and continued support for Georgia`s European integration, particularly through its various reports and resolutions @Europarl_EN ???????????????? This report sets out the progress of the implementation of Georgia`s commitments under the EU-Georgia Association Agreement (AA) since the last meeting of the EU-Georgia Association Council and before the next meeting. It serves as the basis for the review of the association program. 2. Reaffirms its full support for Georgia`s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders and reaffirms its determination to continue to contribute to the peaceful settlement of the conflict between Russia and Georgia, notably through the Special Representative of the Union for the South Caucasus and the crisis in Georgia, the co-presidency of the Geneva international talks, the activities of the European Union Observer Mission (EUMM) and the policy of non-recognition and engagement; strongly condemns the illegal occupation of the Georgian regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali/South Ossetia by the Russian Federation and the continued illegal installation of barbed wire fences and other artificial obstacles along the administrative border by Russian and de facto actors in South Ossetia in terms of security, and underlines the need to put an end to these violations of international law; calls for the de facto authorities in the Abkhazia and South Ossetia region to immediately limit closed crossing points and not restrict free movement in these areas; calls on the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Member States to denounce this process; stresses that the AA covers the entire territory of Georgia, including its occupied areas, and that it aims to appeal to its entire population; calls on the Russian Federation to respect its obligations under the ceasefire agreement negotiated by the European Union on 12 August 2008, in particular by withdrawing all its armed forces from the occupied Georgian territories and giving the EUMM unfettered access to the entire Georgian territory; calls on the European External Action Service (EEAS) to make clear, in this regard, the provisions that have still not been complied with by the Russian Federation; calls on the Commission and the EEAS to redouble their efforts to achieve a peaceful settlement of the conflict using all diplomatic instruments, including through the EUMR and the EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the crisis in Georgia, and to continue to support the Georgian Parliament`s “A Step towards a Better Future” package and to promote people-to-people contacts and confidence-building measures; Welcomes Georgia`s efforts to promote good-neighbourly relations and constructive cooperation between the countries of the South Caucasus; 19. Stresses that gender equality is an essential condition for sustainable and inclusive development; welcomes the work of the Council on gender equality issues in the Georgian Parliament and its efforts to identify and raise awareness of sexual harassment as a form of discrimination; urges the Georgian government and the Georgian authorities to further improve the representation and equal treatment of women at all levels of political and social life; calls on the Commission to integrate gender equality into all its policies, programmes and activities relating to Georgia; calls for full implementation of the Istanbul Convention; 28.