The EU and the European Atomic Energy Union and their member states, on the one hand, and Georgia, on the other hand, signed the Association Agreement on 27 June 2014. The Agreement envisages the rapprochement with the European Union and the harmonization of the Georgian legislation with the EU legal act.
The Agreement provides for the possibility of Georgia's accession to the European Energy Community.
One of the important steps that Georgia has taken in the process of European integration and energy sector development is Georgia’s accession to the Energy Community Treaty. The 14th Energy Community Ministerial Council unanimously approved the accession of Georgia to the Energy Community Treaty at its meeting in Sarajevo on 14 October 14 2016. The Minister of Energy of Georgia signed, on behalf of Georgia, the Protocol of the Accession of Georgia to the Energy Community Treaty. (https://www.energy-community.org/portal/page/portal/ENC_HOME/DOCS/4364463/3F106EFDED7719F6E053C92FA8C099DF.pdf)The Protocol took effect on 21 April 2017, when the Parliament of Georgia ratified it. Georgia has been an observer in the organization since 2007.The negotiations on full-fledged membership of Georgia started in 2014 and the last round was held in May, 2016, which was especially constructive for developing common understanding and approaches.