The EU also conducts regular consultations with civil society. The most important framework is the Georgian National Civil Society Platform, established in 2010 and bringing together more than 70 organizations. The Georgian parliament is expected to ratify the agreement in the second half of July. On 27 June 2014, the European Union and Georgia signed the Association Agreement (AA), including the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA). The DCFTA has an ambitious goal of integration into the EU`s internal market and is therefore considered the Single Free Trade Agreement. As the main pillar of the AA, it contributes to the modernization and diversification of the Georgian economy. Former Georgian President Saakashvili expressed the wish for Georgia to join the EU. This view has been explicitly expressed on several occasions, as ties with the US, EU and NATO have been strengthened in order to move away from the Russian sphere of influence. Issues of territorial integrity in Ajaria were addressed after the Rose Revolution, when leader Aslan Abashidze was forced to resign in May 2004. However, unresolved issues of territorial integrity have returned to the forefront in South Ossetia and Abkhazia following the 2008 South Ossetia war. On 11th November 2010 Georgian Deputy Prime Minister Giorgi Baramidze announced his intention to cooperate with Ukraine in its attempt to join the European Union.  In June 2014, the EU and Georgia signed an Association Agreement (AA) which entered into force on 1 July 2016.
The Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) agreement provides a basis for Georgia`s far-reaching political and economic integration into the EU. Georgia`s ambitions include democracy and the rule of law, human rights, good governance and economic development. The institutional framework of the AA sets up bodies such as the Association Council to monitor its implementation, with the Association Programme setting the priorities necessary for its implementation. The European Union and Georgia enjoy very close and positive relations. The EU-Georgia Association Agreement entered into force in July 2016 and aims at political association and economic integration between the EU and Georgia. The EU and Georgia have also complied with a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), while Georgian citizens have since 28 to 27 March 2017 benefited from visa-free travel in the Schengen area. The EU is Georgia`s main trading partner and provides more than €100 million in technical and financial assistance to Georgia every year. In order to improve their relations, the EU and Georgia have started negotiations for an Association Agreement (AA) and a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement.  In November 2012, Stefan Fule, European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, said that negotiations on AA could be completed by November 2013.
 In February 2013, Tamar Beruchashvili, Georgia`s Deputy Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, stated that Georgia had no intention of joining the customs union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia, where Fule warned that Ukraine would be incompatible with agreements with the EU.  At the Eastern Partnership Summit on 29 A parapaation ceremony of the AA took place on 22 November 2013 by Georgian Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton.   It was formally signed on 27 June 2014 and had to be ratified by the EU, Euratom, its Member States and Georgia. . . .