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Georgia technically initials association agreement with EU

November 28, 2013, 16:23 UTC+3 TBILISI
To fulfill its association agreement obligations Georgia should adjust its legislation with that of the EU and strengthen Georgia’s relevant institutions
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TBILISI, November 28. /ITAR-TASS/. Georgia has technically initialed an association agreement with the European Union at the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius, Georgian TV channels reported from the Lithuanian capital on Thursday.

The technical initialing was carried out by Georgian First Deputy Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani, who had been leading his country’s delegation to the talks with the EU over the past three years.

The initialing of the association deal is “a milestone for Georgia,” Zalkaliani said.

A symbolic act of initialing the association agreement between Georgia and the EU will be signed by Georgian Foreign Minister Maya Pandzhikidze and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton on November 29.

Pandzhikidze said on Wednesday the agreement “envisages Georgia’s political association with the EU and gradual economic integration.”

“The association agreement does not mean Georgia’s membership of the EU, although it envisages such a high level of rapprochement that its effective implementation makes Georgia’s Europeanization irreversible,” she said.

To fulfill its association agreement obligations Georgia should adjust its legislation with that of the EU and strengthen Georgia’s relevant institutions, Pandzhikidze said.

According to EU and Georgian representatives, the agreement is expected to be signed until September 2014.

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