Monitoring Report on Implementation of Environmental Commitments under Georgia EU Association Agenda 2014-2016

The EU-Georgia Association Agreement was signed on June 27, 2014. The agreement establishes the framework for cooperation between Georgia and the European Union. Under the agreement, Georgia undertakes to implement reforms and to progressively approximate its legislation in the relevant sectors with about 300 legal acts of the European Union (gradually, in compliance with the time schedules set out in the Association Agreement), including in the sphere of environmental protection and sustainable development.

The goal of the present report is to assess the fulfillment of commitments under the Association Agreement and the Association Agenda in view of implementing environmental reforms as well as to evaluate the related working process.

The report is based on a number of documents, involving the Georgian Government’s national action plans for 2014 and 2015 on implementation of the Association Agreement and relevant reports on their fulfillment; the Road Map on Approximation with the European Union in a field of environmental protection and climate change; as well as public information received from relevant government agencies in response to the information request; analysis of relevant laws and draft laws, expert conclusions and reports, and official statements made by various stakeholders.

The report provides the results of monitoring of activities carried out in the field of the environmental protection and sustainable development, addressing the key challenges existing in terms of harmonization with the EU legislation and practices in the following sectors.